Clarets fans’ fury over Blackburn Rovers ‘35 years taunt’ tweet

Turf Moor
Turf Moor

Clarets supporters have reacted angrily to an official Blackburn Rovers tweet they claim has mocked the club in the wake of the East Lancashire derby.

Fans were furious when the apparent taunt “35 years” was posted in a message on the OneRovers Twitter account following the 1-1 draw in the Championship clash at Turf Moor.

The tweet appeared to be a dig at Burnley’s miserable run which has not seen them taste victory against arch rivals Rovers since 1979.

The tweet from the official Blackburn Rovers account said: “1-1: Substitute Stanislas (76) fired Burnley in front, Rhodes (84) rescued a point for Rovers who had Williamson sent off late on. 35 Years!”

The message sparked fury among Clarets fans on the social media site who called it a “cheap” shot and claimed it would fan the flames of the age-old rivalry.

Burnley’s official Twitter account called the comment “unnecessary”.

One tweet from the @BurnleyOfficial Twitter account to a fan read: “Shame they feel they have to stoop to that. But we will retain our dignity on that front.”

Another message posted to a Rovers fan from the account, which has 18,000 followers, read: “No biggie. Just a little unnecessary and a tad unprofessional from an official club channel, in our opinion.”

Clarets fan Kieran Greenwood posted: “No class or professionalism at all from the official account. Sad its all they cling to now.”

But Blackburn Rovers fans hit back on Twitter calling the spat “bitter”, a bit of “banter” and said the original tweet had merely “summarised the game and a historical fact”.

Blackburn Rovers officials declined to comment.

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