By Keith Hackett

4th Aug, 2022 | 12:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee issues '100%' Rhian Brewster claim after twist in Sheffield United controversy

Keith Hackett has insisted it is “100 per cent” right to drop an assault charge against Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League claimed Brewster’s charge was a result of a pitch invasion which the EFL are trying to crack down on.

As relayed by the Guardian last week (28 July), a Nottinghamshire magistrates court was told of a common assault charge by Brewster on a 22-year-old fan.

It was alleged the former England youth international, 22, had stamped on the Nottingham Forest fan after Sheffield United’s play-off semi-final second leg penalty shootout defeat at the City Ground.

Brewster’s Blades teammate Oli McBurnie faces the same charge that will be heard at magistrates court this week (4 August).

Neither player attended the initial hearing last week.

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Asked whether the right decision had been made on Brewster, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I do.

“I think football generally accepts, with what’s come out on fans behaviour, that fans are not allowed on the pitch. This is an outcome of that.

“We will wait and see but with Brewster, I think they are absolutely 100 per cent [correct].”

The EFL, along with the Premier League, FA and Football Supporters’ Association, released a statement last week (25 July) announcing new measures and stronger sanctions against pitch invasions.

They also want to crack down on flares at stadiums and drug use and discriminatory behaviour in the 2022-23 season.

In other news, Sheffield United have won the race to sign a Man City midfielder as a medical is passed.