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Match Abandonment: Updated Statement

6 August 2017

Burnley Football Club and Lancashire Police are continuing an investigation and an appeal for footage into the crowd trouble that forced the abandonment of Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Hannover 96.

A police officer and two stewards were injured following the disorder, which occurred after fans of the German Bundesliga side charged towards home supporters during the first half at Turf Moor.

Burnley Football Club condemns the violence and will work with the authorities to help identify those responsible for causing injury and criminal damage at the stadium.

Lancashire Police are appealing for mobile phone footage showing the disorder, and their investigation into the incident is very much ongoing.

Although some footage of the incident has been received, they would still like to hear from anybody else who filmed the disorder, which began shortly before half-time.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell, of Lancashire Police, said: “The disorder we saw yesterday has no place in football, and certainly not in Lancashire. Children and families were in attendance at what was a pre-season friendly match, which should have passed peacefully and without incident – but which ended up being abandoned due to the behaviour of some of the travelling Hannover fans.

“Overnight we have collated and trawled through footage of the disorder, but we believe there will be more people who have videos on their phones which could help with our ongoing investigation.

“Anybody who has such footage is asked to send it to us as soon as possible.”

A proportionate policing operation was in place based on pre-game intelligence.

However, the behaviour of many Hannover fans before and during the game was confrontational from the outset.

Forty minutes into the game a large group of Hannover fans attempted en-masse to breach segregation and attack home supporters. This violence escalated with police officers and stewards being attacked and Lancashire Police decided, in consultation with the referee and the club’s ground safety officer, that the game could not continue.

Extra resources were quickly drafted in from across the county and the visiting Hannover fans were escorted from the stadium and away from the ground to ensure no further disorder took place.

Throughout the entire operation, supporter safety was paramount.

As a result of the violence, a police officer suffered a head injury and was treated at Burnley General Hospital. He has since been discharged.

Two stewards who suffered minor injuries were treated at the scene, and one, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, is currently undergoing treatment in hospital.

Ch Supt Bithell added: “We are now continuing to work closely with staff and senior officials at Burnley Football Club and their co-operation has been very much appreciated. Similarly, we would like to thank the fans who co-operated and left the ground without incident once the game had been called off.

“Once again, if anyone has mobile phone footage please send it to us as soon as possible.”

Anybody with footage is asked to send it to Lancashire Police using the ‘Report a Crime or Incident’ form on the force website at

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