The Scottish Oliver McBurnie was arrested by the English police and has been in custody since Monday evening after violence on a passer-by. The Sheffield United striker was identified beating a 21-year-old man in a video posted on social media over the weekend.
The fourth most expensive player in Sheffield United history, Oliver McBurnie struggled to justify the 19 million euros invested in him in 2019. After a failed season in the Premier League with only one goal and one assist in 23 appearances, relegation to the key, the Scottish striker finds himself in the front page of the press for a news item. The 24-year-old even spent the night from Monday to Tuesday in police custody after his arrest for violence against a passerby.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed on Tuesday the arrest of a 24-year-old in a case of assault and battery against a 21-year-old. If the name of Oliver McBurnie does not appear in the press release from the authorities, the elements of the file leave no room for doubt.
McBurnie identified in a video
Package since mid-April, the Scottish international with 17 caps was verbally attacked in the street after the defeat of the Blades against Crystal Palace (0-2) last Saturday.
Images of this altercation have since toured social networks and the web in a video that is not very flattering for the footballer. The images thus show “Oli” McBurnie inflicting several violent blows on his interlocutor after having unsuccessfully tried to crush his cell phone.
Already ordered to pay around 33,000 euros in fines for driving under the influence last July, the Scotsman could again have to go through the justice box while the supposed victim, who has already spoken in the tabloids, has suffered from a few facial injuries. In January 2020, the player was also warned by the English Federation after making obscene gestures while attending a game of Swansea, his former team, with the fans from the stands.
If Sheffield United has not yet officially reacted, Oliver McBurnie could well be sanctioned by his club following this new extra-sporting incident. It also remains to be seen the position of the Scottish Federation as the 24-year-old striker is among the names expected on the national coach’s list for the Euro. Scotland will face England, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D in matches played at Wembley and Glasgow.
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