McBurnie and Brewster of Sheffield United are expected to be charged for disorderly conduct following the club’s playoff loss to Nottingham Forest.
The strikers Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster received summonses and would face charges of common assault, according to the Blades, who expressed their “disappointment” at the development.
On July 28, both men are scheduled to appear in court in Nottingham. The claims center on events that happened on the field at the City Ground in Nottingham after United lost to Forest on penalties on May 18.
Fans surrounded the pitch while McBurnie, 26, and Brewster, 22, stood on the sidelines.
In the ensuing brawl, United captain Billy Sharp was assaulted; as a result of this, a Forest supporter was sentenced to jail.
Both McBurnie and Brewster “voluntarily engaged in interviews with Nottinghamshire Police in the aftermath of the fixture,” Sheffield United said in a statement.
Following a series of similar instances at other grounds, including at Everton, where Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira got into a fight with a supporter, the club said the players “strenuously deny” the charges and added that it was working with others to address concerns about pitch invasions.
The statement said; “Brewster and McBurnie strenuously deny the charges brought against them and football manager Paul Heckingbottom, who wrote letters to the League Managers’ Association, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the EFL and FA following a number of pitch invasions last month, including one involving Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, is continuing discussions with key stakeholders in a bid to better protect players and staff in their place of work.”
McBurnie and Brewster: Who are they?
Oliver Robert McBurnie, a professional football player for the Scotland national team and EFL Championship club Sheffield United, was born on June 4, 1996. He plays as a striker.
McBurnie started his professional football career with Bradford City after playing youth football for Leeds United and having two loan stints at Chester. After spending time on loan at Newport County, Bristol Rovers, and Barnsley, he later signed for Swansea City.
He made his senior debut in March 2018 and currently plays for Scotland at the international level. He was born in England to a Scottish father and Scottish mother.
While Rhian Joel Brewster, an English striker who plays for Sheffield United in the EFL Championship and the England under-21 squad, was born on April 1, 2000. He was a member of the England team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, and he received the Golden Boot award for finishing the tournament with the most goals scored.
Brewster and teammate Oli McBurnie of Sheffield United were both charged with common assault by Nottinghamshire Police in June 2022 “in relation to disorder at the conclusion of a game at the City Ground on 17 May 2022.” Both athletes “vehemently disputed” the charges.