BLACKBURN Rovers have released a statement in response to national newspaper reports about Monday night's Christmas party.

It has been claimed that manager Henning Berg 'stormed' out of Monday's party after being asked to don a wig and dance on stage.

In a statement, Berg said: “On Monday evening, the club arranged its official Christmas Party for all employees and staff.

"We have many hard-working employees and this was an opportunity for them to relax and enjoy themselves after what has been a difficult year.

“After the dinner I was asked to go to the stage, which I was happy to do, believing I would be asked a few questions or maybe judge a competition.

"Instead I was asked to do things which were not the right things for me to do as the manager, considering our league position and form.

"I did not want to do it and went back to my table. Later, I left the event at around 9.30pm, as planned, and drove home. The players left straight after dinner and no alcohol was consumed.”