Burnley friendly called off after crowd trouble


Burnley’s pre-season friendly against German club Hannover 96 at Turf Moor was abandoned on Saturday as a result of crowd trouble.

The problems between the two sets of supporters started in the first half in the Hannover fans’ section.

According to reports, seats were ripped out and thrown after Hannover supporters surged towards the home end in the Cricket Field Stand.

At half-time, the club announced the match had been called off based on the advice of police.

Burnley were leading 1-0 at the time following a headed goal from Ben Mee.

“Today’s game has been abandoned on police advice. More to follow,” the club said on social media.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche told Clarets Player HD: “We went on police advice. We are still kind of piecing together the details but the police decided to make a decision and we fully support that, from myself and the team and the club.

“The referee came to see me and said he wanted us in the room just to get a feel for our general thoughts.

“I made it clear. It comes down to safety. The police decided to call it off and we support that.

“We understand that. It’s important what the team do, but it’s not as important as people coming to a football match. You want safety. You don’t want people to get hurt.

“It’s a shame what has happened but it’s done, as simple as that.”