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Sympathy for Rovers fans

5 August 2012

Operations Director Paul Agnew has expressed disappointment and sympathy for Rovers followers who endured a wasted journey to Holland on Sunday.

The club's friendly fixture with NEC Nijmegen was called off just hours before kick-off after the Dutch police and authorities expressed concern over what they claimed was the potential for trouble between the rival supporters.

"The frustration and inconvenience was obvious," said Mr Agnew. "Our supporters have a great record on travels to matches in many countries in recent years.

"For it to be necessary to cancel this game at such late notice was a great shame.

"The full facts remain unclear, but it would seem very wrong for anyone to point the finger of blame at our fans at this stage."

After watching the opening friendly at Go Ahead Eagles on Friday night, Mr Agnew made the trip to the NEC Nijmegen stadium to present a silver salver to the host club - a gesture Rovers have carried out on overseas trips for many years.

"We have no fall-out with NEC Nijmegen FC whatsoever and officials there were equally disappointed.

"It was their annual fun day and they were expecting a crowd of around 9,000 for the game.

"NEC officials have promised to keep us informed should any further information surface and we will also be staying in close touch with our police in Lancashire."

Paul Agnew is pictured presenting the silver salver to NEC Nijmegen director Bart van Ingen.

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