Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie gets last laugh with Cardiff fans in online spat
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Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie gets last laugh with Cardiff fans in online spat

Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, got the last laugh in an online spat with some Cardiff City fans.

McBurnie is a former player for Cardiff’s great rivals, Swansea City. The 23-year-old was pictured watching the two teams play in the South Wales derby earlier this season.

BBC Sport later reported that McBurnie was “reminded of his responsibilities” by the FA after appearing to make an obscene gesture to the Bluebirds supporters.

Therefore, it is fair to say there is no love lost between the Scotland international and the Cardiff faithful. So there was more than a little interest when the Championship side were drawn to face the Blades in the FA Cup.

United were already through to the fifth round after beating Millwall. Meanwhile, the Bluebirds still needed to win against Reading at the Cardiff City Stadium in a replay to ensure they faced McBurnie’s team.

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Things were going well for the home side when Robert Glatzel gave them a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute after Josh Murphy’s opener. A chant about McBurnie began.

How Oli McBurnie got the last laugh over Cardiff

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Unfortunately for the Bluebirds, their opponents came back and scored twice before the 90th minute to send the tie into extra-time.

Murphy once again put Cardiff ahead, but Yakou Meite equalised to ensure penalties were needed to decide the result. Reading won the shootout 4-1 and McBurnie once again took to social media.

The Blades forward tweeted swimming emojis, in reference to the “swim away” chant Swansea fans sing at their rivals. It is in reference to a skirmish between the two sets of supporters in Swansea Bay back in 1988.

It spilt onto the beach and several Cardiff fans are said to have retreated into the sea. This lead to the chant and also some Swans supporters wearing snorkels to matches.

In 2013, Jonjo Shelvey was also “reminded of his responsibilities” by the FA for a “swim away” gesture.

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