Blackpool friendly cancelled over pitch invasion fears

Morecambe's Globe Arena
Morecambe's Globe Arena
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Blackpool’s friendly at Morecambe has been cancelled due to concerns of crowd trouble.

The tie at the Globe Arena on July 28 has been scrapped after Blackpool’s trip to Lancaster was halted on 75 minutes last weekend.

Following talks between the two clubs and Lancashire Police it was decided a police presence would be needed should the game go ahead.

With the cost of staging the game growing by the day, the Shrimps have now decided to pull the plug.

A statement released on Blackpool’s website said: “The level of police resources deemed necessary to stage the friendly fixture left both clubs with no alternative but to come to this agreement.

“The club is extremely disappointed that this decision has had to be taken, disrupting preparation for manager Neil McDonald and his first-team squad ahead of the new season.

“The club also feels for supporters who planned to attend the match and support the team.”

Blackpool have also issued yet another warning to supporters, this time threatening action against anyone who has invaded the pitch or plans to in the future.

It said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the club will not stand by and allow the actions of a minority continue to hamper football being played.

“The club will hand out stadium bans to those involved in pitch invasions to date and pursue civil proceedings for damages, as well as further injunctions to include powers of arrest should anybody under the terms of a banning order attempting to enter the stadium.”