FA investigate video showing apparent stamp from Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie on Forest fan
The Football Association are investigating video footage which appears to show Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie stepping on a Nottingham Forest fan.
The incident happened as fans rushed onto the pitch at City Ground after Forest defeated the Blades on penalties in the second leg of Tuesday night’s play-off semifinals of the Sky Bet Championship.
A video circulating on social media shows McBurnie absent through injury and tangling with a fallen trailer.
Forest fans took to the pitch in celebration after their side secured a place in the play-off final at Wembley on penalties.
The FA confirmed to the PA news agency that they were aware of the footage and were looking into it, while Nottinghamshire Police said they were also investigating.
Inspector Andy Wright said: “We have been alerted to a video circulating on social media showing a possible altercation with a Forest fan seen on the ground after the play-off semifinals.
“We have now opened an investigation into this incident.
“The person concerned has not yet reported the incident, but we urge them to come forward along with others who may have witnessed or have video footage of the incident so that we can establish the full circumstances.
“We particularly appeal to the owner of the original material to get in touch.”
Neither Sheffield United nor Forest have commented on the incident.
On Wednesday night, McBurnie responded to a message on Twitter posted by a Blades fan, who said: “Wish the video was in full context – looks more like he’s trying to get over him with a bad leg to step! Might be wrong!”
McBurnie backed the tweet with a “100” emoji — meaning he agreed 100 percent — but didn’t say anything else.
He also “liked” a tweet from Blade’s assistant, Adam Geelan, which said: “Fan illegally entering pitch, provoking and trying to shove Rian (Brewster) no postage, ridiculous post, especially with stewards and cops standing by and watching, what happened and we were left to defend ourselves.”
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