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Burnley fans forced to evacuate stand during Wolves match as police intervene

Burnley fans forced to evacuate stand during Wolves match as police intervene

Part of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand at Turf Moor had to be evacuated.

Hundreds of Burnley fans were forced to evacuate a stand at Turf Moor during the first half of their 1-1 draw against Wolves.

Vincent Kompany's side picked up another point in their fight against Premier League relegation - but would have hoped to take all three.

Jacob Bruun Larsen gave them the lead on 37 minutes, but Rayan Ait-Nouri equalised for Wolves just before half-time.

Burnley had the better of the second half chances, but couldn't find a way past Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa.

There was a moment of major concern early on in the first half, meanwhile, when a block of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand was forced to be evacuated after an announcement came over the public address system. The fans were then moved to a nearby fan zone inside Turf Moor.


The club later posted on social media: "Burnley fans are in the process of being moved from a section of the Jimmy McIlroy stand due to current safety concerns with the roof.

"We thank supporters for their co-operation and patience while we do this."

Matt Scrafton of the Burnley Express reported that most fans in the section were forced to leave the area, although 'a small number' were allowed to remain.

And police had to cordon off the area, with the issues being caused by a loose piece of metal that was hanging from the roof of the stand.


The PA announcer confirmed that affected fans would not be allowed back into the stand for the remainder of the game.

On the pitch, the 1-1 draw now leaves Burnley six points from safety, with seven games to play, after Nottingham Forest defeated Fulham 3-1 at the City Ground.

Kompany's side are now unbeaten in three games following on from Saturday's commendable 2-2 draw at Chelsea, but the Clarets now face an uphill task to keep themselves in the Premier League for a second season after automatic promotion from the Championship last term.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Burnley, Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Football