Sheffield United issue statement after man arrested over Oli McBurnie ‘fight’ video

Sheffield United have issued a statement after a man was arrested following a video allegedly showing Oli McBurnie fighting a man in the street.

By Claire Lewis
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:28 am

The 24 second mobile phone clip, filmed in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, is reported to show Blades striker McBurnie in a brawl with 21-year-old insurance broker Elliott Wright.

A man is seen stamping on a mobile phone, which was dropped to the ground during the incident but continued to capture scenes and audio.

The clip has been seen more than half a million times on social media.

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Oli McBurnie (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)

Sheffield United confirmed yesterday that the club was aware of the video and said today that the police were involved.

In a statement, the club said: “Officials at Sheffield United are aware that police are now involved following the emergence of a video circulating on social media over the weekend and as a club we will do all we can to assist enquiries, as well as continue our own investigation.”

McBurnie, a Scottish international, signed for Sheffield United from Swansea for £20 million when the Blades were promoted to the Premier League.

The £20,000 a week forward is currently out injured after suffering a stress fracture in United’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last month.

North Yorkshire Police said: “A 24-year-old man from Knaresborough has been arrested in connection with an incident which involved another man being assaulted.

“The 21-year-old victim sustained facial injuries during the incident, which happened shortly before 8.30pm on Saturday, May 8 on High Street in Knaresborough.

“The 24-year-old arrested man remains in custody at this time.”

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