Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has spoken out to explain his attendance at the South Wales derby on Sunday.
Speaking to The Athletic, the former Swansea star revealed why he had decided to attend the highly-anticipated game and join in with the Swans supporters in the away end at The Cardiff City Stadium.
McBurnie said: “You know what I’m like. I get carried away.
“But I’m watching some of my mates playing footie on a big stage in a big game. I get excited by that. And I just love football.
“I just think about how good the fans were with me ever since day one when I was here, and the way they took to me is something that me and my family will never forget. And I’ve still got some of my best friends that play for the club so whenever I can, I like to get down to the big games.”
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The striker joined the Swans in 2015 after rising through the ranks at Bradford City, and the Scottish forward went on to have a successful four years at The Liberty Stadium, netting 26 goals in 62 appearances before moving on to Sheffield United and the Premier League last summer.
While at Swansea, McBurnie had spells away on loan with Newport County, Bristol Rovers and Barnsley as he continued to adapt to regular senior football within the Football League.
After being pictured on TV during the Swansea game, the FA warned the 23-year-old over his conduct after he was seen making some obscene gestures towards the Cardiff supporters from the away end.
McBurnie has netted four goals in 22 games across all competitions for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United this season.
Football stars from across the country have rightfully defended McBurnie’s actions at the Cardiff vs Swansea game, as the Premier League star was seen supporting his former team-mates in a big game.
Bravely, McBurnie has accepted what he may have done wrong at the South Wales derby, and he will take heed of the warning and be careful of his future actions in public, so he can avoid any future fine that comes his way.