BURNLEY and Blackburn Rovers Football Clubs have issued the following joint statement ahead of Sunday’s East Lancashire derby, urging fans to enjoy the occasion.
“We encourage all supporters attending this game to respect each other and the authorities.
"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. We look forward to welcoming you to Turf Moor.”