Clarets Trust says rescheduling of Burnley versus Blackburn Rovers match to Remembrance Sunday is 'disrespectful and ill-conceived'

The Clarets Trust, an independent group which represents fans in communications with Burnley Football Club, has added its anger to the growing furore over the decision to play Burnley’s Championship match against rivals Blackburn Rovers on Remembrance Sunday.
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The Burnley and Padiham branch of the Royal British Legion joined lots of Clarets fans in condemning the timing of the fixture, with a 12 noon kick-off, as disrespectful.

The East Lancashire derby, probably the biggest fixture of the season for both clubs, was rescheduled so that it could be shown live on Sky Sports on November 13th at Turf Moor.

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Now the Clarets Trust has questioned whether holding such a high profile, potentially volatile fixture requiring a heavy police presence, might compromise the Remembrance Sunday service held on the same day.

George Poole, chairman of the Trust, said: “We understand that the rearrangement of the East Lancashire Derby is Sky Sports-driven, but the decision making process is uninformed or flawed.

"There have been rumblings that this match (the highest profile fixture in the calendar) will not be subject to a ‘bubble’ so there will be both sets of fans making their way to a stadium less than a mile from a Remembrance Day service from about 10am, i.e. at a time when the initial procession will be forming and dignitaries and residents gathering.

"The route of the pre-service procession take it through the pedestrianised area of the town centre where fans will be taking refreshment.

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"The emergency services play a key and active role in the Remembrance proceedings and usually parade in large numbers. Will their attendance be compromised by needs elsewhere - thus diminishing the impact of the service, we wonder? Additionally, roads and car parking will be busier than normal which might discourage participation.

"To the Clarets Trust, the fixture rearrangement appears disrespectful and ill-conceived. This year marks 40 years of the Falklands war - a conflict which is important to many of our veterans and deserves to be remembered properly. For these reasons, we urge a review of the decision in order to avoid such problems in the future.”