UPDATED: Mansfield Town v Birmingham cancelled on police advice

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Mansfield Town’s friendly with Birmingham City has been cancelled following advice from Nottinghamshire Police.

The game was due to take place tomorrow at One Call Stadium but has been cancelled following a renewed risk assessment by Nottinghamshire Police last night.

It is understood police chiefs had received word that hooligans were planning to cause trouble at the game and that the level of police resources needed meant the game would not be financially viable for either club.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman 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.

“As a result, in conjunction with the police, the clubs have made the decision to cancel the pre-season friendly match set to be held on Saturday.”

A Mansfield Town spokesman said both clubs were disappointed that this decision was taken at such a late stage and the club wished to apologise for the inconvenience that the cancellation of this fixture may cause.

Supporters wishing to obtain refunds on match tickets that have already been purchased can do so by visiting the main ticket office at One Call Stadium.

Refunds will be available from 10am on Monday 21st July.