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Blackburn's game against NEC Nijmegen off after 'riots
Quote:Blackburn's game against NEC Nijmegen off after 'riots'
Blackburn's pre-season friendly with Dutch club NEC Nijmegen on Sunday afternoon has been cancelled because of the threat of fan violence.
The decision came after claims that Rovers fans had been involved in disturbances with rival supporters.
A statement on the Dutch Police website http://www.politie.nl said: "Supporters of Blackburn Rovers were involved in rioting in Deventer on Friday.
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“With the serious threat of unrest, it is not sensible to play this game today”
Dutch Police statement
"On Saturday there was a confrontation with supporters of NEC Nijmegen."
The statement added: "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 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.
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