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Clubs encourage respect ahead of East Lancs Derby

In a joint statement Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are urging fans to respect the police and each other ahead of the East Lancashire Derby at Turf Moor this weekend.

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.

– Joint Burnley and Blackburn Rovers statement

Eddie Howe thanks Burnley

Eddie Howe has been speaking about his decision to leave Burnley Football Club and rejoin Bournemouth.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: "It's been a really tough week.

"I can't speak highly enough of Burnley Football Club, the people who work for the club -

the players and the supporters, who have all been brilliant to us since we walked through the door, and I would like to thank them for that.

"To leave is incredibly difficult, but I feel it's a decision I have to make for my family and for personal reasons, which I can't go into detail on.

"There is only one club I would contemplate leaving Burnley for and that is Bournemouth and that is the situation we found ourselves in."

Howe is set to finalise a three-and-a-half year deal before tomorrow's clash with Leyton Orient.