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Lincoln City FC match cancellations could cost £60,000

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Image caption Lincoln City officials said they could lose up to £60,000 after the cancellations

Lincoln City FC say they could lose up to £60,000 after cancelling two games after police warned of potential public disorder by "troublemakers".

The club said Saturday's Leicester City match was cancelled after police issued the club with the warning.

Police said two groups caused trouble in the city centre despite the match being off, and three men were arrested.

Club officials said it was the second match it had pulled, leaving it with a £30,000 loss for each fixture.

Lincolnshire police said chairs and tables were used during a fight on Guildhall Street, at about 1700 BST on Saturday.

Officers said they issued seven dispersal notices throughout the day to people from both Lincoln and Leicester, instructing them to leave the city centre.

Lincoln City FC said it was saddened and frustrated by the cancellations because the club's staff, board and supporters had worked hard to stabilise its financial position.

The club also said: "That the two groups were still intent on causing problems when there was no match to watch demonstrates that whilst football is used as an excuse for their unacceptable and unwanted behaviour, football is not the reason."

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