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Blackburn Rovers fans criticised by police

Ex- Premier League side Blackburn Rovers’ pre-season friendly with Dutch club NEC Nijmegen yesterday was cancelled because of the threat of fan violence.

"Supporters of Blackburn Rovers were involved in rioting in Deventer on Friday. “

With the serious threat of unrest, it is not sensible to play this game today”

"On Saturday there was a confrontation with supporters of NEC Nijmegen."

said a statement from the Dutch Police

"The deputy mayor of Nijmegen has decided to cancel the exhibition game between NEC and Blackburn Rovers. That match was due to be played today (Sunday) at 2.30pm during the annual open day of NEC.

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

"Today, 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."

Championship side Rovers issued a statement on their website, which said:  "Both clubs wish to express their disappointment that such a decision has been necessary."

Rovers fans were pictured last season showing discontent with the owners the Venky's and manager Steve Keen and the once Premier League winners reputation in the football world has been tarnished once again.

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