What Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom said about striker Oli McBurnie after street bust-up controversy

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom declined to comment on Oli McBurnie’s situation after the Blades striker was involved in a street bust-up which was filmed and later posted on social media.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:40 pm

Insurance broker Elliot Wright 21, was left with a black eye after an alleged altercation involving Blades forward McBurnie, 24.

A 24-year-old man was arrested over the incident in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, last Saturday and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

Heckingbottom, whose side face Everton this weekend, was asked about the incident at his pre-match press conference this afternoon. McBurnie would miss the game anyway after suffering a stress fracture in his foot.

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“You all know what’s happened,” Heckingbottom told assembled journalists.

“I’m reluctant to comment, and the club are to comment on anything when it’s still a police matter.

"You’ll have your own opinions on what you’ve seen and you’ll have heard stories, whether they’re true or not, but while it’s in the hands of the police, we’ll leave it with them and help in any way we can.

"That’s all we’re going to speak about until if and when it’s concluded.”

Elliot released a statement on Twitter about the incident.

“On Saturday 10th May, I became involved in an incident which involved a number of parties, one of which was Oliver McBurnie.

“I am sure we all regret the incident,” it read.

"We exchanged opinions at the time and as far as I am concerned the matter is concluded. I do not intend to take any further action.

“I wish Oliver all the best going forward. After the year we’ve all had, it’s time to look to the future and not the past.

“I will not be making any further public comment.”