Sheffield United’s McBurnie and Brewster face court charge after playoff incidents | Sheffield United

Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster are set to face charges of common assault after a police investigation into incidents during the club’s Championship playoff semi-final defeat by Nottingham Forest.

The club said they were “disappointed” to learn the pair had been summonsed to court after an inquiry by Nottinghamshire police. Both deny wrongdoing.

The force said the men were due to appear at Nottingham magistrates court on 28 July, where they will each face a charge of common assault.

The allegations relate to the playoff semi-final second leg at the City Ground on 17 May. Forest, who went on to earn promotion, won 3-2 on penalties after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate. Home fans invaded the pitch in celebration, during which Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was assaulted. A man was jailed for 24 weeks after pleading guilty to assaulting Sharp.

“Sheffield United Football Club is disappointed to learn that Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie have been charged following the incidents that took place at the EFL Championship playoff semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest last month,” a club statement said.

“Both players voluntarily engaged in interviews with Nottinghamshire police in the aftermath of the fixture which saw their teammate Billy Sharp the victim of assault in the chaos which followed the final whistle.

“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.”

Nottinghamshire police said: “Two men have been informed that summonses have been issued following an incident at the end of a football match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.” It said the allegations were “in relation to disorder at the conclusion of a game at the City Ground”.

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