BURNLEY, England — A friendly game between English Premier League team Burnley and promoted Bundesliga club Hannover was abandoned Saturday on police advice following disturbances among visiting fans.
Burnley said "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 reported 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 per cent stake in the club.
In a statement released on its website on Saturday night, Hannover said: "Our attitude is clear: Hannover 96 condemns the incidents in the stadium and dissociates itself vehemently from any kind of violence."