SUPPORTERS caught fighting on East Lancashire's trains can expect "substantial" bans, according to Blackburn Rovers bosses.

Club officials have spoken out after a British Transport Police appeal was issued concerning clashes between Rovers and Clarets fans aboard a Blackburn-bound service on July 27.

Rovers had been playing at Blackpool that day and Burnley fans had been making the trip to Wigan for a friendly at the DW Stadium, when trouble broke out at around 8pm.

Large numbers of men were said to have been involved in fighting, according to transport police, before they were ejected from the service at Blackburn.

The fracas has prompted senior figures at Ewood to stress that they will not tolerate supporters becoming involved in anti-social behaviour on the local rail network.

A club spokesman said: "Rovers officials have met with British Transport Police over concerns raised by our own fans, as well as by members of the public, both last season and in pre-season.

"The club will continue to work closely with the British Transport Police and the Lancashire Constabulary to identify anyone who involves themselves in such incidents.

"Those involved can expect to receive substantial bans from the club, which could subsequently result in court proceedings and football banning orders being issued."

Club officials are urging anyone who spots any trouble on the East Lancashire line and beyond, while travelling to or from games, to text transport police on 61016.

If anyone can assist the inquiry into the July incident, which affected the 7.21pm Blackpool North to York service, they are being asked to text the same number, or call 0800 405040.