Burnley has had to abandon their pre season friendly on police advice against the German side due to crowd trouble at Turf Moor. The German visitors were seen ripping up the seats at the stadium and throwing them towards the home fans, whilst the first half was being played. The Premier League team managed to get the first goal before the half time whistle where the police tried to restore order.
When the game was called to a halt, the home fans were ordered to leave the ground, whereas the away fans had to remain where they were. Burnley released a short statement on Twitter after the game which read “Today’s game has been abandoned, on police advice.”
The aggression (as shown in the photos from the match) seems to have come from the newly promoted German side instead of the home fans. The Burnley manager went on to comment saying that he thought it was the right call, and that the club is still trying to piece together what happened. He went on to say that the referees came to him at halftime and wanted his opinion on whether the match should proceed or not, where the manager wanted them to put safety first.
This isn’t the best of preparation for Burnley who travel to West London to play the Premier League Champions on the 12th of August. With that in mind, the manager has said that he might try and organise another friendly before this match, to try and improve the fitness of his team.