Police appeal after Lancashire soccer match violence

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Lancashire police have urged any fans with footage of crowd disorder at yesterday’s abandoned Burnley match to come forward.

​Burnley’s pre-season friendly at home to German club Hannover was abandoned on police advice after crowd trouble.

Trouble broke out in the first half in the Hannover fans’ section at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Burnley, who had been leading 1-0, announced at half-time that the game had been abandoned.​

Following the disorder police released the following statement:

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell, of Lancashire Police, said: “A decision has been taken to abandon the football match between Burnley FC and Hannover 96, following consultation between the police match commander, the referee and Burnley FC’s grounds safety officer.

“This follows violent behaviour by a group of travelling Hannover fans, who attempted to attack fans in the home stands, as well as police officers and stewards.

“Although a robust policing operation was in place for the match, based on pre-game intelligence, additional resources have now been brought in from across the county to ensure no further disorder occurs.”

“We are now asking for anybody with footage of the disorder to send it to us online at https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/, using the ‘Report a Crime or Incident’ form, quoting log number 546 of today (Saturday, August 5th).