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'Let derby be remembered for the football' say clubs

Blackburn Rovers and Burnley FC have appealed to fans to make Saturday's Championship derby memorable for the football. They say that anti social behaviour will be dealt with.

“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 Saturday’s Championship game will be remembered for the action on the pitch and the positive backing of both sets of supporters....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."

– Joint statement Blackburn Rovers and Burnley FC


Blackburn transfer list

Players in: Chris Taylor (Millwall, free), Simon Eastwood (Portsmouth, free), Alan Judge (Notts County, free), Todd Kane (Chelsea, loan), DJ Campbell (QPR, free), Alex Marrow (Crystal Palace, free), Matt Kilgallon,

(Sunderland, free), Tommy Spurr (Doncaster, free), Tom Cairney (Hull, loan), Yann Songo'o (Sporting Kansas City, free)

Players out: David Goodwillie (Dundee United, loan) Micah Evans, Osayamen Osawe, Chris Dilo, Jamie MacLaren, Reece Hands, Peter Wylie, Ryan Humphreys, Danny Laverty, Nuno Gomes (all

released), Martin Olsson (Norwich, undisclosed), Jack O'Connell (Rochdale, loan), Anton Forrester (Bury, loan), Nuno Henrique (Futebol Clube de Arouca, loan), Morten Gamst Pedersen (Kardemir Karabukspor), Gael Givet (Arles-Avignon), Bradley Orr (Blackpool, loan)

Rovers ordered to make Berg payment

Henning Berg Credit: PA/Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Blackburn have been ordered to pay £2.25million in compensation to former manager Henning Berg by a High Court judge.

Former Rovers defender Berg's spell in charge at Ewood Park was brought to an end 57 days into a 3-year deal last December, following a run of one win in 10 matches.

The case argued by Blackburn was that managing director Derek Shaw acted without authority from owners Venky's in granting Berg a contract that entitled him to full payment of his agreement in the event of an early dismissal.

Venky's preference was a 12-month notice period, but Judge Mark Pelling dismissed the notion that Shaw lacked the authority to finalise the terms of Berg's deal.


Husband pays tribute to footballer wife

Each year more than 1000 women in the North West are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Symptoms can be hard to spot and often by the time women visit their GP it can be too late.

Stefan Mincher lost his wife Emma at age 21. She was a keen footballer who made more than 30 appearances for Blackburn Rovers' ladies team. Her husband hopes telling her story will help others get an earlier diagnosis.

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