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Dyche: It has to come down to safety

5 August 2017

Manager Sean Dyche felt the right decision had been made after Burnley’s final pre-season match was abandoned at half-time.

The Clarets’ were leading Bundesliga side Hannover 96 1-0 when the game was called off on police advice following unrest in the Cricket Field Stand at Turf Moor towards the end of the first half.

Home supporters were escorted from the stand and police moved in to contain visiting fans of the German club after they had surged towards the home section of the stand.

But the players did not appear for the start of the second half with the decision taken to abandon the match .

Manager 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.”

The Clarets are just a week away from their opening Premier League game at champions Chelsea and the abandonment cut short their final public work-out.

Dyche is not overly concerned after a productive pre-season programme for his squad.

But the Clarets’ boss may look to tweak the final week of preparations to get as many players as close to peak fitness as possible for the big kick-off.

Dyche added: “These players can easily handle a half of football and most of them can easily handle most of a 90-minute game.

“But there’s a few just a bit short. We were hoping for them to get the full game in, but c’est la vie. There’s nothing we can do.

“We have already started the wheels in motion with the staff and will possibly have a look at getting another game in, even if it’s just for 60 minutes for players to make sure they’re topped up. We will have to decide that.

“In the bigger picture I think the lads are fit and well. I think they’ve shown some good signs in pre-season and I think there’s still more to come.”

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