Burnley

Over a dozen football fans have been banned for their part in the tumultuous events that occurred during Burnley’s match against Arsenal in September.

Plastic bottles and wooden benches were thrown between the two groups of fans after Martin Odegaard scored the game-winning goal for the Gunners.

Supporters reported no injuries, however, a steward was struck. Following a public plea for information, a number of admirers were identified.

13 Burnley fans were banned from Turf Moor between February 22 and May 17, while another was fined and two underage lads were handed community punishments.

PC Dan Fish, of Burnley Police, said: “The disorder between rival fans was completely unacceptable and should have no place in football. It was only through good fortune that no one was seriously injured.”

A statement from Burnley reads: “We know that the overwhelming majority of our supporters behave responsibly and are a credit to the club and town they represent.

“However, the behaviour of a small number of individuals at the home fixture against Arsenal in September last year, was shocking and disgraceful and has no place whatsoever at Turf Moor or in society. As a result, 16 individuals were identified for their part in the disorder, 13 of which have received football banning orders and subsequent life bans from entering Turf Moor.

“This sort of behaviour will never be acceptable and anybody who behaves in this manner is not a supporter of the club and should not expect to escape punishment. We cannot stress enough that anybody engaging in any unacceptable behaviour at our stadium, will be dealt with in the firmest possible manner.

“We will continue to work with our matchday safety team, Lancashire Police and other stakeholders, to ensure such behaviour is dealt with appropriately, and that supporting Burnley Football Club home and away, continues to be an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment.”

The search for any Arsenal fans involved in the incidents is still ongoing.

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