Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster: The pair Sheffield United face charges over incident in Championship play-off semi-final v Nottingham Forest | football news

Two Sheffield United footballers face charges following a police inquiry into incidents during the club’s play-off semi-final defeat by Nottingham Forest.

The club said they were “disappointed” to learn that Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie are facing criminal charges following an inquiry by Nottinghamshire Police.

The two players have been informed that subpoenas have been issued and both are to be charged with joint misdemeanor-related assault. They will appear in Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on July 28.

The charge relates to the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg at the City Ground in Nottingham against Forest.

The home team won the game 3-2 on penalties.

The May 17 game then saw a field invasion by victorious Forest fans – while Blades skipper Billy Sharp was attacked and one man later charged.

The pitch at the City Ground was raided after Nottingham Forest secured their place in the Championship play-off final
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The City Ground pitch was invaded by fans

The Yorkshire club said in a statement published on its website: “Sheffield United Football Club is disappointed to learn that Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie [will be] Charged following the incidents that took place in the EFL Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest last month.

“Both players voluntarily interviewed Nottinghamshire Police after the game, during which their team-mate Billy Sharp was the victim of an attack in the chaos after the final whistle.

“Brewster and McBurnie are vigorously denying the charges against them and football manager Paul Heckingbottom following a string of pitch invasions last month – including one involving Crystal – letters to the League Managers’ Association, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the EFL and FA Palace manager Patrick Vieira – continues discussions with key stakeholders to better protect players and staff in their workplace.”

The Nottingham Forest players celebrate their penalty shootout win over Sheffield United
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Forest players celebrate beating Sheffield United

Sheffield United came from a two-goal deficit to level the tie at 3-3 on aggregate and force extra time and penalties, but their spirited comeback was wiped out on penalties when goalkeeper Brice Samba saved three penalties to send Forest to Wembley .

The development comes after a man was jailed for 24 weeks for assaulting Sheffield United captain Sharp during the pitch invasion.

Robert Biggs, a forest season ticket holder from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, admitted an assault had actually resulted in bodily harm, requiring Sharp to have four stitches in a wound to his lip.

He was jailed at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court last month. Biggs appeared in court on remand and did not contest a request for a football ban during the hearing.

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