Premier League - Blackburn fans' airborne anti-Kean banner

Mon, 07 Nov 11:02:00 2011

Resourceful Blackburn fans found a novel way to get around a ban on protests inside the club's Ewood Park ground - hire a light aircraft to carry a message above the stadium.

Blackburn fans have their

Supporters of the Lancashire club have been vocal in their opposition to manager Steve Kean, and were told last week banners calling for Kean's dismissal would be confiscated.

So one group of fans paid for the aeroplane to drag a 'STEVE KEAN OUT' banner during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, a result that leaves them second-bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety.

In the event, numerous supporters smuggled banners into the ground criticising Kean and the club's Indian owners, Venky's.

Blackburn have taken just 28 points from the 32 Premier League games played under Kean, with a win percentage of just 18.75%.

Kean said of the protests: "I didn't see the plane and I don't know what it said. This has been going on for a while and all we can do is accept it's likely to be a part of match days.

"The players are probably becoming a bit disappointed with it all because they are putting so much effort into trying to win games and I don't think any fan inside the ground could possibly say we didn't deserve something out of this game.

"If we weren't playing well or working hard, then okay. But we are, and the players aren't enjoying the negativity. We are all solid as a group, though.

"I think it will start to dwindle if we keep putting in performances like this one. If I'm going to get a bit of stick, I'll take it."


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