Date:Tuesday October 13 2009
Clarets fans will be aware of the enforced travel arrangements by coach for those going to the Blackburn game at Ewood Park on Sunday 18th October. ClaretsTrust have made an official statement on the situation and we provide below their Press Release from Trust Chairman, Peter Pike
The Clarets Trust wishes to make it clear that it has many doubts and reservations about the arrangements made for the Blackburn match on Sunday 18th October. Whilst we have been involved in some discussions with the Club on this and our points have not been ignored we were not involved until all the main decisions had been made.
We do not know what intelligence or information the Police have in relation to this match but it is clear that Burnley FC were faced by a strong policy format already, in the main, determined by the Police. The Trust agrees with the Police and the Club that the number one priority is to ensure the maximum safety of all those attending the game and indeed of all the residents in both Burnley and Blackburn.
We would make it absolutely clear that we believe that the number of so called fans on either side that are prepared to act in an unacceptable way is minimal but we accept that regrettably there is such a minority in both cases. These people are not fans and may still commit unacceptable actions even if they are not now able to go to the game. The Courts should always deal with these offenders in a strong and appropriate way.
We do ask what precedents there are with other derby games where there are strong local rivalries? There are many crazy instances now where fans have to pass Blackburn to get the transport to Blackburn ,some from Blackburn itself who happen to support the Clarets.
To assemble nearly 3,000 fans so early and get them to the ground so long before the kick off really is very questionable and is not a factor that will lessen pressures and problems.
Is it not unreasonable that on future occasions the Police should not only involve the Clubs, but bodies like the Clarets Trust and other well respected Supporters Clubs before finalizing details? These arrangements are seen by many as draconian and an infringement on civil liberties.
That said we hope the day will pass off peacefully and the fears of the Police proved to be unjustified. We want a good game played in the spirit of football and whilst we want a win for the Clarets we do not want it to be a day that encourages anyone who calls themselves a true claret fan to act in way that damages the name of Burnley Football Club and Burnley
Chair -Clarets Trust
Date:Tuesday October 13 2009
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