Burnley abandon friendly due to behavior of Hannover fans

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BURNLEY, England (AP) A friendly game between Premier League team Burnley and promoted Bundesliga club Hannover was abandoned Saturday on police advice following disturbances among visiting fans.

Burnley says “Home supporters were escorted from the stand and police moved in to contain visiting fans of the German club.”

The game in northern England was called off at halftime with Burnley leading 1-0 at Turf Moor through Ben Mee‘s 40th-minute header.

German news agency dpa reports that “several hundred” Hannover fans were responsible for the disturbances, chanting abuse against their club president Martin Kind and ripping up seats to throw toward Burnley supporters.

Kind is unpopular among Hannover fans for taking a majority 51 percent stake in the club last Monday.