Footballers have to be careful nowadays, they really do.
There’s a reason why we see our favourite stars covering up their mouths when they want to whisper something to a teammate or opponent at the end of a game.
Words can so easily be misconstrued, and even if you’re talking about what you’re going to have for dinner that night, a player will often find themselves on the back pages of certain outlets accused of threatening to kill X or Y’s dog.
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Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie’s recent comments may not have been as innocent as trivially quoting his designated grub for the evening, nor as sinister as calling a hit on an opponent’s pooch, but they weren’t particularly smart either.
For those unaware, the Blades’ £20m record-signing was essentially caught out saying he didn’t particularly want to join up with the Scotland national team, using some very choice words.
McBurnie has since faced criticism, but BBC 5 Live Sport’s Pat Nevin believes the whole thing could be a misunderstanding…
🏴 Oli McBurnie has faced criticism after a video appeared on social media allegedly showing him disrespecting the Scotland national team.
But @PatNevin feels it could be a misunderstanding
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 3, 2019