EFL release statement as Burnley v Rovers kick-off changes

Next month's East Lancashire derby will take place at Turf Moor
Next month's East Lancashire derby will take place at Turf Moor

The kick-off for next month’s East Lancashire derby has been pushed back.

The game at Turf Moor was selected for Sky Sports coverage, and will be played on Sunday, November 13.

The original kick-off time of 12noon on Remembrance Sunday drew criticism from supporters, as well as the Royal British Legion.

The EFL have now published a statement outlining the reason for the change to the kick-off, which will now be at 12:30pm.

It read: “Following further discussions between the League, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers, Sky Sports, and the Lancashire Police, it has now been agreed that the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Burnley and Blackburn Rovers will kick-off at 12:30pm on Sunday, November 13.

“There had been some concerns raised that the original re-arranged 12 noon kick-off time was too near to the start of Remembrance Day Services and in some circumstances, would prevent some supporters from being able to attend.

“The move is intended to provide an opportunity to go to both events if so desired and, as with previous matches scheduled on Remembrance Sunday over the years, time will be taken at the match to give those in attendance the chance to pay their respects to servicemen and women affected by wars past and present.

“A pre-match ceremony will be held at Turf Moor, featuring a Bugler alongside the laying of a wreath by representatives from both clubs.”

The game is the final fixture to be played before the month-long break for the World Cup.

Rovers have stated they will hold their own commemorations in their fixture with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, November 5.

The club said: “Rovers will stage its own Remembrance commemorations when we host Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park on Saturday November 5th to honour the bravery of those currently serving in the UK’s Armed Forces and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflict.”