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New Manchester United kit most expensive in history

The average price of a replica Premier League kit has soared over £100 for the first time after Manchester United revealed their latest new season look.

United's new strip tops the price charts at £116.85 based on a basic adult short-sleeved shirt, shorts and socks - while their fully printed "authentic" kit - the same one worn by players on match days - comes in at £192.85.

While the average cost of a basic top-flight kit this season comes in at £94.08 - with Newcastle and Tottenham still to declare - it breaks the £100 barrier when additions such as numbers and names are applied.

Burnley's new strip represents the best value in the Premier League, coming in at a total of £75 - with the shirt alone costing £45.

The Clarets said in a statement: "Burnley Football Club prides itself on being a community club and our commitment to keeping prices as low as possible reflects this."

The statement continued; "We have some of the cheapest season ticket prices in the Premier League and one of the cheapest match day programmes, so the kit is just another way of hopefully giving something back to our loyal fan base."

Fans have taken to social media to complain about rising kit prices, yet the Football Supporters' Federation maintain it is far from one of the most popular criticisms raised by fans.

A spokesman said: "The cost of kits can add up, especially if you have kids, and it would make sense for manufacturers to add a "use by" date.

"That way supporters or parents know exactly what they're getting and can make a decision as to whether the price tag is worth it.

"However, kits aren't an essential item in the way that tickets are, so this isn't an issue that a lot of fans approach the FSF to campaign on."

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High-flying Burnley hit new heights as outdoor centre is reopened in Lancashire

Burnley star Jack Cork meets local schoolchildren Credit: Burnley FC

Burnley FC stars Jack Cork, Chris Wood and Adam Legzdins, alongside the Mayor of Pendle Councillor David Whalley, officially reopened Burnley FC in the Community’s Whitehough Outdoor Centre in Barley.

The players met children from local primary schools Castercliff Primary Academy and Pendle Primary Academy who were enjoying activities at the Lancashire facility.

Mike Hall reports.

Burnley's James Tarkowski banned for three games

Burnley defender James Tarkowski will miss his side's next three matches after he accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

The highly-rated 25-year-old elbowed Brighton forward Glenn Murray in the 35th minute of their 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

Tarkowski and his club tried to argue that the three-game suspension was excessive but this was rejected by an independent regulatory commission.

James Tarkowski Credit: PA Images

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Burnley pre-season friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

Police separate Burnley and Hannover fans at Turf Moor today Credit: PA

Burnley's pre-season friendly at home to Hannover has been abandoned on police advice.

The Clarets were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Ben Mee when the announcement came.

A short statement on the club's Twitter account read: "Today's game has been abandoned, on police advice."

Photographs showed unrest in the stands, with police holding back Hannover fans from their home counterparts.

Joey Barton has betting hearing delayed

Joey Barton could face a lengthy ban Credit: PA

Joey Barton's Football Association hearing into betting charges has been postponed.

The 34-year-old Burnley midfielder was due to appear before an FA commission on Wednesday, having accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.

It is possible a lengthy ban could ensue - though no direct precedent exists - and the Clarets were prepared for the fact that he could have played his final match for the club with his contract up at the end of the season.

But Press Association Sport understands the hearing was not able to take place as planned and, with no new date yet set, Barton is free to play in Sunday's Premier League match at Liverpool.

Burnley boss Dyche talks up Barton ahead of potential ban for breaching FA betting rules

Joey Barton has earned a glowing commendation from Burnley boss Sean Dyche ahead of what could be his final game for the club.

Barton was a key part of the Clarets' Championship-winning campaign last season and, after a brief and tempestuous spell at Rangers, returned in January to restate his Premier League credentials.

The 34-year-old midfielder has since made 10 appearances, scoring the winning goal against Southampton and putting in a superb shift in the surprise draw with Chelsea.

But Saturday's game against Swansea could be the end of the road, with a Football Association hearing into betting offences due to take place next week.

Barton has accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period and could face a lengthy ban, scuppering his hopes of staying at Turf Moor beyond the summer.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player was charged before re-signing with Burnley but Dyche had no qualms about inviting him back, first to train and then as a first-teamer.

"I don't think he had to prove his worth, he had nothing to prove to me," said the manager.

"He might have had something to prove to himself and that is that he can still do it, but he had nothing to prove to me. I've seen what he can and what he's about. I make it clear, under my world at Burnley he's been top drawer.

"I can't talk about other people and other clubs he's dealt with but around here he's been absolutely top drawer.

"As a man, as a player, around the group and his performance, he's been top drawer."

Dyche is phlegmatic about the prospect of Barton being banned, a possibility the club made contractual provisions for and one the manager has not investigated too deeply.

"It was something to do with himself and the FA, so we'll have to wait and see what happens with that," he offered.

"That's for him and his team to take on with the FA and see how it comes out. I don't fear anything, because I don't know what's going to happen.

"As much as we get on really well I don't sit him down and go 'what do you want to do? He's his own man. He'll make his own way."

Burnley v Liverpool - A clash of contrasts

Liverpool head to Turf Moor to take on Burnley this weekend.

The Reds enter the game having agreed a deal to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace for 32 million pounds.

Burnley have been splashing the cash too - but their club record capture of Steven Defour for 7.5 million really emphasises the gulf between them and some of their Premier League rivals.

Chris Hall looks ahead to the game.

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