Rivals united in pre-match stance

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Burnley and Blackburn have released a joint statement in an attempt to reduce tensions among fans before the weekend
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Burnley and Blackburn have released a joint statement in an attempt to reduce tensions among fans before …

Burnley and Blackburn have issued a joint statement in an attempt to quell supporter tensions ahead of Sunday's highly-anticipated east Lancashire derby at Turf Moor.

The bitter rivals meet in a 12:30pm kick-off for the first time since Rovers triumphed 1-0 away from home in the Barclays Premier League two-and-a-half years ago, while Burnley last tasted derby victory in April 1979.

The statement read: "We encourage all supporters attending this game to respect each other and the authorities."

The clubs added: "An East Lancashire derby between our two historic clubs is always a special occasion and we hope Sunday's match will be remembered for the action on the pitch and the positive backing of both sets of supporters.

"We acknowledge that there will be some disruption to the normal matchday schedule. However, this has been done with the safety of all supporters in mind and all fans should be aware that breaches of stadium regulations - including anti-social behaviour - will not be tolerated.

"Burnley and Blackburn Rovers also have a zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort, on the pitch or in the stands. If you experience any form of discrimination before, during or after the game, or require assistance in any matter, please contact a matchday steward."

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