A 24-year-old man has been arrested following the circulation of a video on social media purporting to show footballer Oli McBurnie in an altercation with a man in the street.
North Yorkshire Police said the man was being questioned in connection with an assault in Knaresborough on Saturday which left a 21-year-old man with facial injuries.
Footage of the incident, which has been viewed more than a million times, shows a short confrontation and shouting, during which a mobile phone appears to be knocked out of someone’s hand before it is stamped on.
A police spokeswoman said: “A 24-year-old man from Knaresborough has been arrested in connection with an incident, which involved another man being assaulted.
“The 21-year-old victim sustained facial injuries during the incident, which happened shortly before 8.30pm on Saturday, May 8 on High Street in Knaresborough.
“The 24-year-old arrested man remains in custody at this time.”
Sheffield United – which signed 24-year-old Scotland striker McBurnie for £17.5m in 2019 – said it was investigating the incident on Monday.
The relegated Premier League club said in a statement: “Officials at Sheffield United are aware that police are now involved following the emergence of a video circulating on social media over the weekend and as a club we will do all we can to assist inquiries, as well as continue our own investigation.”
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101.