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Rovers and fans agree to no banners

Rovers fans have been dealt a blow as protest organisers have been forced to concede the use of flags and banners prior and during the game against Chelsea at the weekend.

Fans have been told they can leave their banners with stewards in advance of the game and can collect them from the security office in the Blackburn End Lower Tier to use in the after match protest.

The club sent an email to the organisers explaining the ruling.

Newsham statement to supporters read - 'Any banners that have to be confiscated due to them not being offered over in good faith will not be returned and personnel may be refused entry at that point.

'If any banners get into the ground and are displayed they will be removed by stewards and not returned. '

Not exactly great news for those wanting to make a stand but these guidelines have had to be agreed to in order for the club to sanction the demonstrations.

Glen Mullen, one of the protest organisers and of course a writer for Vital Blackburn said - 'Not being able to have banners is a blow but we take health and safety very seriously.

'The protest group's conduct has been exemplary throughout the last couple of months and we wish all our demonstrations to be peaceful with clear messages.

'Although disappointed, we respect the club's decision to impose a banner ban in the interest of public safety.'

There have even been rumours that a counter protests against the protest is now being set up.

After a slow news day things just picked up and as developments happen we'll keep you posted.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 2 2011

Time: 4:25PM

Your Comments

Bit of a blow it has to be said, but the fans can still make their mark :)
Mikey Delap
Got a mention in the Guardian this evening: "Having already failed to occupy Ewood Park to its capacity on many occasions this season, Blackeye Rovers fans have again let down the protest movement sweeping the world by meekly accepting the club's ban on displaying anti-Steve Kean banners before and during Saturday's match against Chelsea. "Not being able to have banners is a blow, but we take health and safety very seriously," said one of the organisers, Glen Mullen, as The Man patted him on the head."
theirishrover
We had little choice in the matter Irishrover as a legal document was produced which made it illegal for us to bring banners into the stadium, we put across our views, which were noted, but at the end of the day we had no choice but to concede.
glen9mullan
Why don't you just wear t-shirts with letters on spelling out what you want to happen...
FreidelNo.1
I have to say that I think the owners are a disgrace - I am not a protestor, I've said my bit on this weeks ago, but I would never accept stopping people from protesting - taking away the banners is ridiculous, people take bannersa nd posters and so on to matches every weekend. The owners just don't want to be shown up - well if they can't take it they need to get out of our club and let us have some realistic owners who know about football and care about our club... including the fans.
FreidelNo.1
Not having a go, just pointing it out.
theirishrover
what ever happened to free speech? Thats from an outsiders view its crazy what your owners are doing.
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