12 Jan 2012

Blackburn football fans call off truce

6:21 am on 12 January 2012

Blackburn Rovers fans have called off their truce with the ailing Premier League football club's owners and are planning a 24-hour demonstration outside Ewood Park from Saturday.

The fans halted their protests against Indian owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean in early December but now say the club have not kept a promise to hold a meeting to discuss their concerns.

Supporters are organising two marches to Blackburn's Ewood Park stadium, from the west and east of the town, ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Fulham, while around 200-300 fans are expected to protest outside the ground from Saturday and through the night until Sunday.

A statement from the fans' group said: "Despite organisers arranging no protests for the last seven matches the club has failed to deliver on the promises and pledges they made.

Blackburn won the title in 1995 but are currently bottom of the table having won only three league games, one of which, remarkably, was a 3-2 victory at champions and second-placed Manchester United on New Year's Eve.