McBurnie cleared of assaulting fan during pitch invasion at Nottingham Forest
Oli McBurnie has been found not guilty of assaulting a fan during a pitch invasion during last season’s Championship play-off semi-finals.
It was alleged the Sheffield United striker stamped on Nottingham Forest fan’s head who had ran onto the City Ground pitch to celebrate the Reds securing a place at Wembley in the play-off final.
gettyMcBurnie has been found not guilty
McBurnie, 26, stood on trial on December 14 and December 15 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
The ex-Swansea City striker denied assaulting the Forest fan – named as George Brinkley – who was laid on the pitch after the Blades lost on penalties back in May.
The Championship star said he had hopped over his alleged victim to protect his injured foot.
He was cleared of assault by beating on Thursday.
District Judge Leo Pyle said: “[From] what I’ve heard over the last few days, the prosecution hasn’t proved their case to the required standard.”
In June, the Blades said McBurnie ‘strenuously denies the charges’ after attending voluntary interview with Nottinghamshire Police.
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The same match saw an assault on other Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.
Sharp needed stitches after falling victim to a vicious attack by Forest season ticket holder Robert Biggs.
Biggs was later jailed for 24 weeks after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Originally Posted By Talk Sport