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Crowding in: Oli McBurnie cheers on old club Swansea
Crowding in: Oli McBurnie cheers on old club Swansea

By Phil Blanche

Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has been reminded of his responsibilities following his attendance at the south Wales derby, the Football Association have said.

McBurnie was spotted supporting his former club Swansea in the away end during their 0-0 draw at Cardiff on Sunday.

The FA were made aware of images of McBurnie that surfaced on social media after the game, and the governing body investigated claims he had made an obscene gesture to Cardiff fans.

"The FA have reminded Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie of his responsibilities following attendance at the EFL Championship fixture between Cardiff and Swansea yesterday," read an FA statement.

Television pundit Gary Neville had earlier defended McBurnie on social media, saying it would be "a disgrace" were he to be charged.

"This lad has done the most normal thing I've seen from a footballer for a long time," Neville wrote on Twitter.

"He goes to support his team and is pictured, filmed and ends up with this (scrutiny)."

McBurnie scored 26 goals in 62 appearances for Swansea before joining Sheffield United.

The reported £20m transfer made McBurnie the most expensive signing in Blades history.

McBurnie's show of support for his former club came after he scored the winner in a 1-0 Premier League victory for Chris Wilder's men over West Ham on Friday.

The 23-year-old was also pictured among Swansea fans in August when the Welsh club won 3-1 at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship.

Meanwhile, Kick It Out have called for an end to sectarian abuse aimed at Stoke winger James McClean following alleged chanting during Saturday's home draw with Millwall.

The 30-year-old (below) from Londonderry has faced similar incidents in the past with the Republic of Ireland international's decision not to wear a poppy on his match day shirt during Remembrance Day fixtures often cited as the major factor.

Stoke issued a statement offering their full support to McClean after a recent game at Huddersfield was halted and a message sent out over the public address system calling for chants aimed at McClean to cease.

There have now been fresh allegations towards Millwall's travelling support, some of whom it is claimed abused McClean during the 0-0 stalemate.

Kick It Out said: "James McClean was once again subjected to disgraceful anti-Irish and sectarian abuse this weekend.

"We have informed the FA so they can investigate but we reiterate - the abuse he continues to receive is absolutely unacceptable and shames our game.

"We have been in constant contact with Stoke City and James, as we continue to offer our full support. Greater action must be taken by the authorities to safeguard his and his family's wellbeing, because the current situation cannot continue."

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