Accrington could follow Morecambe in cancelling Pool clash

A group of fans on the pitch at Lancaster

A group of fans on the pitch at Lancaster

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Accrington Stanley could follow Morecambe in cancelling their friendly against Blackpool.

Neil McDonald’s pre-season preparations are on the verge of collapsing as the League Two side are set for talks with safety officials.

It follows fears over policing bills following last weekend’s postponed game at Lancaster last weekend.

Around 20 people walked onto the pitch to show their anger towards the Oyston family, forcing the game to be halted on 75 minutes.

It’s understood Accrington will talk to police and Seasiders officials before making a decision on the game which is due to be played on Friday, July 31.

A decision is expected at the start of next week.

Should Stanley follow in the Shrimps’ footprints, it would leave Pool with just one remaining public game, when they travel to St Johnstone a week on Saturday.

Many previous protests have been planned by fan group the Tangerine Knights, although they distanced themselves from last weekend’s incident at Lancaster.

And their spokesperson Steven Smith has slammed claims fans had planned to cause trouble next week at Morecambe, also insisting there are no plans for action at Accrington.

“We have heard nothing about any planned protest at Morecambe,” said Smith

“While recent events at Lancaster may have cast doubts on whether further disruption to games was planned, there is no doubt in our minds that no such protest was planned for the Morecambe game.

“We’d also like to confirm there is no planned action at the Accrington friendly.”