'You could get your face kicked in' - Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie receives threatening letter from Cardiff City fan after he supported Swansea City in South Wales derby

Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie has shared a threatening letter from a Cardiff City fan after he supported Swansea City in the South Wales derby last month.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 12:07 pm

United’s record signing McBurnie, who joined the Blades in a £20m deal from Swansea in the summer, returned to Wales to watch his old team against Cardiff last month days after scoring the winner in a 1-0 win over West Ham.

McBurnie joined injured Swans defender Joe Rodon in the away end at the Cardiff City Stadium as the two rivals drew 0-0, but was captured on film making what was described as an ‘obscene gesture’ in the direction of home fans.

That led to McBurnie being ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ by the Football Association.

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And McBurnie this morning shared a snap of a letter he received from a fan, on Instagram.

Headlined “F**k you”, the letter read in full:

“McBurnie, You are a piece of s**t, you want to grow up. Don’t go to Cardiff again, you could get your face kicked in you turd. Cardiff have fans all over the country so you could be a wanted man.

“Your [sic] an ignorant peace [sic] of s**t, I hope you have a s**t season and you get badly injured. Your [sic] a child, a pr**k, an a**ehole.

Former Swansea City player Oli McBurnie in the crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium. David Davies/PA Wire.
Former Swansea City player Oli McBurnie in the crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium. David Davies/PA Wire.

“Your [sic] ugly to [sic]. Yours truly, A Thomas, Wales.”

Chris Wilder, McBurnie’s manager at United, said it was "refreshing" to see the striker supporting his old club.

"I have no problem with Oli going back to watch them, he has a big connection there," Wilder said.

"There was a time when I was a player at other clubs, and when I was a manager at other clubs, that I would rush back to Sheffield to go and watch United, or away from home.

Oliver McBurnie of Sheffield United: James Wilson/Sportimage

"I think it's refreshing that he wants to go and watch games of football. We just had a word with him on the other bit [the gesture]. As far as I'm concerned we move on now."