Mansfield and Birmingham match cancelled amid disorder fears

Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium was due to host the match on Saturday

Mansfield Town's pre-season friendly with Birmingham City has been cancelled amid fears of possible disorder.

The match was due to take place at the One Call Stadium, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday.

Police said detectives had "intelligence" which could affect public safety and a "significant police presence" would have been needed.

Both clubs have apologised to fans and said they were disappointed with the late decision.

'Not financially viable'

Mansfield Town said officers raised safety concerns during a risk assessment on Thursday evening.

A statement from the club said: "The level of police resources deemed necessary to stage the fixture has meant that it is now not financially viable for either club to proceed."

A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman said: "We have advised Mansfield FC and Birmingham FC about intelligence which could affect public safety.

"This is not in keeping with the ethos of a 'friendly' nor appropriate for the family-oriented town of Mansfield.

"To go ahead with the game would have resulted in the need for a significant police presence, which would have impacted on local resources."

Mansfield Town and Birmingham City said refunds would be available for fans who had bought tickets.

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