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Burnley fans evacuated at Turf Moor due to roof issue

A section of Burnley fans had to be evacuated from the Jimmy McIlroy stand during last nightโ€™s match against Wolves due to roof safety concerns at Turf Moor.

Stewards spotted that a strip of metal was hanging from the roofing in the stand where Burnley fans were located.

How it happened – Burnley fans escorted from stand

The incident occurred in the first half of Burnleyโ€™s 1-1 draw against Wolves in the Premier League. When the strip of metal was spotted, Lancashire Police worked with stewards to cordon off the area and take fans out of block 7 in the lower tier of the stand. These fans were relocated to the clubโ€™s FanZone where they watched the action on a big screen with no direct view of the pitch.

Burnley respond to mid-game stand closure

Burnley have said that repair work in the stand has already started following the incident last night. In a club statement, Burnley said: โ€œBecause of a minor structural issue with the roofing of the Jimmy McIlroy stand we made the decision, as a precaution, to move a section of the supporters from the seating underneath that area of the stand.โ€

The club added: “The safety of supporters is always our highest priority and we thank them all again for their patience and understanding.”

Burnley have also said that they are confident of resolving the issue for the next home game against Brighton on April 13. The Lancashire club only have three Premier League home matches to go this season, including the match against the Seagulls.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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