'We don't have a discipline problem,' insists Sheffield United's caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom has denied Sheffield United have a discipline problem following recent off-the-pitch incidents involving strikers Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie.

By James Shield
Saturday, 15th May 2021, 11:00 am

McBurnie was arrested and questioned by police this week after becoming involved in an altercation with a man who was filming and abusing him in the street, prompting officials at Bramall Lane to launch an investigation of their own.

The incident happened only two months after Mousset was charged after crashing his sports car near the city centre, with the pictures again being published on social media.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Everton, Heckingbottom was asked if the duo’s issues were symptomatic of a decline in standards during a season which has seen United surrender their Premier League status.

Oli McBurnie of Sheffield Utd reacts at the final whistle during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: 6th March 2021. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“You’ve mentioned Mous and Oli,” he replied. “Mousse is a good kid and he made a mistake and was punished for it. Oli, because that’s under the jurisdiction of the police, I’m not going to talk about it until afterwards.”