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Blackburn fans throw tennis balls on pitch to protest ownership

Blackburn Rovers protested against the Venky’s ownership by throwing tennis balls on the pitch during their FA Cup match against Newcastle United.

“We want Venkys out” – Blackburn fans chant against owners

Blackburn Rovers fans were audibly heard chanting “We want Venkys out” in the early stages of the match.

Shortly after, in the 14th minute, Blackburn fans threw a small amount of tennis balls on the pitch resulting in the game momentarily stopping.

Significance of 14th minute

The Blackburn fans threw tennis balls on the pitch in the 14th minute as it has been 14 years since the Venky’s purchased a 99.9% stake in the club.

 

When the Indian company bought the club, Blackburn were in the Premier League, however, since then the club have declined. The Lancashire club currently sit 16th in the Championship.

The owners recently had to apply for a special permission agreement in India to keep funding Blackburn. This came in the form of an application the High Court in the capital New Delhi for emergency permission to pay an outstanding tax bill of £11m, after an application to send £26m to Blackburn was turned down.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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