Burnley FC v Blackburn Rovers youth match: police advice

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CLARETS fans are being urged to arrive early ahead of Burnley’s decisive FA Youth Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers.

Burnley lost the first game at Ewood Park 1-0 and thousands of supporters are expected to turn out for Wednesday night’s crucial return leg at Turf Moor, which kicks off at 7 p.m.

Eight people were arrested at the Blackburn game and Chief Insp. Julian Platt said “appropriate” plans were in place to ensure the second leg runs smoothly.

“Over 10,000 supporters attended the game at Ewood Park which must have been a fantastic occasion for the young players. Working closely with both clubs, an appropriate policing operation was put in place. In the main the game passed off peacefully, although eight people were arrested for various offences.”

Five of the men arrested came from Burnley including a 49-year-old man who was given a penalty notice for using threatening words/behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress and a 26-year-old who was given an adult caution for possession of a controlled drug.

A 37-year-old and a 52-year-old were given penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Rennie Clayton (45), of Celia Street has been charged for trying to enter a sports ground drunk. He has been bailed to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on April 11th.

Season ticket holders are entitled to a free ticket and have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to swop voucher 1 in their books for a valid match ticket.

Tickets for this game are also available to buy by anyone with a Clarets number, one ticket per account priced at: Adults £5, senior citizens £3, Under 16s £1.