Police warning to Burnley fans

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Police have warned Burnley fans without tickets for tomorrow’s crunch clash with Blackpool to stay away from Bloomfield Road.

Burnley fans have a total of 2,500 tickets for the sell-out clash, but supply has far outstripped demand.

The East Lancashire club – who could win promotion to the Premier League – sold out their allocation in less than three hours.

Thousands of other Clarets fans are expected to flood town centre bars for the 5.15pm kick off, which will be broadcast live on TV.

Police were tight-lipped about the post-match security, but warned they would clamp down on troublemakers.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Blackpool is a popular tourist destination and will no doubt be playing host to many over what should be an enjoyable Easter weekend for all.

“Burnley fans will be made very welcome, but any Burnley fans who don’t have a ticket for the game who plan to come to Blackpool on Good Friday should note that the game is a sell-out and no tickets will be available for sale on the day.

“If anyone is found to be causing trouble, or acting illegally, we will take appropriate action depending upon the circumstances of each situation.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “We will be treating it the same as any other match and taking our lead from the police.

“All of the council car parks will be open and council staff will be on hand to assist people.”

Relegation-threatened Pool go into tomorrow’s game desperately needing a win.

A spokesman for the Seasiders said: “Every game is a big one, but a Lancashire derby is particularly special.

“The ground will be close to a sell-out. We have 11,000 season ticket holders and we’ve sold about 16,000.

“The town is bound to be very busy.

“No doubt the bars will be looking forward to the trade.

“There’s a junior football festival in Blackpool this weekend and we’ve given them some tickets at a discounted rate.

“We’ve hosted a lot of big games in recent years, so we are well equipped to deal with large crowds.

“At this stage, winning is crucial for both clubs.”