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Sheffield United star Oliver McBurnie denies drink-driving claims he'd 'only had 1 drink' when cops pulled over Audi R8

PREMIER League ace Oli McBurnie today pleaded not guilty to drink-driving after claiming he only had one drink.

The Sun revealed how the Sheffield United and Scotland striker, 23, was pulled over by cops near his home in Leeds, West Yorks,. last month.

He was breathalysed and found to have 53mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg, Leeds Magistrates Court heard.

The £20million club record Summer signing has been a key figure in the Blades season so far and starred in the 1-0 win against Arsenal just days after his arrest.

McBurnie, who has scored one Premier League goal this season, says he could not have been over the limit when he was stopped by officers.

His defence solicitor, Jeremy Rosenberg, said: "Mr McBurnie explains that he could not have drunk so much alcohol that would have caused the reading to have found him over the limit.

"There's issues therefore of the reliability of either the machine itself or whether or not there was misuse by the officer who conducted the drink drive breath test.

"He says he only had one drink.

"There will certainly most likely be witnesses to attest to the level of alcohol."

The case was adjourned for trial at Leeds Magistrates Court on March 16. He was given unconditional bail.


The player, who has won eight international caps for Scotland, penned a four-year deal for the Blades in July to become the most expensive player in Scottish football history.

His drink drive arrest came just days after Derby County stars Tom Lawrence, 25, and 23-year-old Mason Bennett were spared jail for a booze-fuelled smash in September.

Lawrence crashed into Bennett's Mercedes GLC after "team bonding" in a pub.

Both fled the scene of the crash leaving Derby County's captain Richard Keogh, 33, unconscious in Lawrence's Range Rover.

He will miss 15 months with knee damage and has since been sacked by Derby.

Lawrence and Bennett admitted drink driving and failing to stop and were given two-year drive bans and must do 180 hours' unpaid work.

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