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Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie to stand trial in December over alleged assault

Sheffield United footballer Oli McBurnie will stand trial in December after he denied a charge of assault by beating in court on Thursday.

McBurnie, 26, is accused of assaulting Nottingham Forest supporter George Brinkley following a pitch invasion at the end of the club’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg.

The Scotland international entered his not guilty plea to the amended charge of assault by beating during an appearance at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

He previously faced a charge of common assault.

McBurnie entered a not guilty plea during the hearing and was told he will provisionally stand trial on December 7.

He was granted unconditional bail.

Prosecutors dropped a common assault charge brought against McBurnie’s teammate Rhian Brewster last week.

The match on May 17 ended in chaos when home supporters at the City Ground invaded the pitch following their 3-2 victory on penalties, after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

The pitch invasion saw Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp headbutted by a supporter who was later jailed.

Season ticket holder Robert Biggs, 30, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Biggs was jailed on May 19 for 24 weeks and handed a 10-year football banning order.

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