Dutch Friendly Called Off

06 August 2012 02:15
Blackburn's pre-season friendly with Dutch club NEC Nijmegen was cancelled due to the threat of fan violence.

The game was due to take place on Sunday afternoon but it was decided by the police and the local authorities in Nijmegen to call the game off after it was claimed that Rovers supporters had been involved in disturbances in Deventer on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to the friendly, Nijmegen was to have been visited by around 8,000 fans, some families for a fan's open day.

A statement on the Gelderland-Zuid section of the www.politie.nl website read: "The deputy mayor of Nijmegen has decided to cancel the exhibition game between NEC and Blackburn Rovers. That match was due to be played.during the annual open day of NEC.

"Supporters of the English club Blackburn Rovers were involved in rioting in Deventer on Friday and on Saturday there was a confrontation with supporters of NEC Nijmegen in the city.

"On the basis of serious signals to the police that a confrontation would take place again, deputy mayor Henk Beerten in consultation with police, judiciary and mayor Hubert Bruls decided to cancel the match.

"Some 8,000 visitors are expected at the open day of NEC which starts at 12.30pm, including many families with children.

"With the serious threat of unrest in the Goffertpark around the exhibition game, it is not sensible to play this game today."