Football Association break silence over Oli McBurnie controversy after Sheffield United striker pictured in Swansea City end for Cardiff City derby clash

The Football Association have reminded Oli McBurnie of his responsibilities to the game after the Sheffield United striker was photographed in the Swansea City end for their derby clash against Cardiff City on Sunday.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 2:18 pm

McBurnie, who was on a weekend off after scoring the winner for the Blades on Friday night against West Ham, was later spotted making what was described as 'an obscene gesture' in the direction of Cardiff fans at the game, which he attended alongside current Swans defender Joe Rodon.

Rodon is currently injured, while McBurnie joined the Blades in a £20m club-record deal in the summer.

McBurnie is understood to have been reported to the FA by Cardiff supporters, but he may escape with the reminder as his sole punishment from the governing body. United declined to comment on the events of the weekend while Gary Neville, the former Manchester United defender and now-Sky Sports pundit, called the controversy "a disgrace".

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"This lad has done the most normal thing I’ve seen from a footballer for a long time," Neville added.

"He goes to support his team and is pictured, filmed and ends up with this.”

The former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara said McBurnie’s actions make him ‘relatable’ to supporters.

He said: “What do you want them to be? Robots? Seriously? We always moan about footballers when they come on and do interviews and they’re robotic and it’s the same old rubbish.

Blades striker Oli McBurnie pictured among the Swansea City fans in the away end at Cardiff City

“You then want to sanction a player and fine him for celebrating and having a laugh with his mates in the crowd. We are normal people.”