November.thBurnley’s U21 Premier League cup tie at home to Blackburn Rovers will be played behind closed doors at Turf Moor on Monday, 9
Regrettably, supporters will not be admitted to this game.
Burnley Football Club considered many factors in reaching this decision, along with our counterparts at Blackburn Rovers.
After liaising with the Police, it has been determined that the cost of staging this game will run in to five figures.
This takes into account several mitigating factors.
At a previous two-legged Youth Cup semi-final between the two clubs, in 2012, there were incidents of unrest, leading to several arrests.
There is deemed to be a high risk factor for further unrest, especially were there to be a scaled down level of Policing.
Without the benefit of a window for advance sales, Burnley Football Club is unable to estimate accurately the level of interest in the tie from supporters of both clubs.
October, which passed off without major incident.thIn addition, neither club wishes to jeopardise the goodwill generated by well-behaved supporters of both clubs in recent first team meetings, most notably the Championship game at Ewood Park on Saturday, 24
For the above reasons, both clubs have therefore agreed to stage the game privately, behind closed doors.
A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said: "After consultation with Burnley Football Club, Lancashire Constabulary support the decision that has been taken to play the forthcoming U21 Premier League match between Burnley and Blackburn Rovers behind closed doors.
“Lancashire understand that this decision is, in part, due to the high level of club stewarding and police presence required by Lancashire Constabulary and the resulting costs of such policing, due to recent troubles at similar youth fixtures.
“It is felt that the additional security required to manage this fixture safely, with fans in attendance, would be disproportionate in the circumstances.
“In common with all police forces, Lancashire Constabulary uses national guidance as to what charges may apply for the policing of events.
“This is designed to balance the additional police support to fixtures such as this, against the needs of the community for routine police services.
“These decisions are becoming particularly important in the context of the significant budget cuts the Force faces in the coming years.”
Burnley Football Club fully appreciate this decision will disappoint the majority of supporters who would welcome the opportunity to cheer on the club’s youngsters.
However, we hope supporters will understand the reasons behind the decision.