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Club statement: Gillingham postponement

19 March 2018

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Blackburn Rovers wishes to address the details surrounding the postponement of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Gillingham.

The two clubs had been in contact from Wednesday, following the issuing of a yellow/amber weather warning for Kent.

After releasing updated travel and safety information on Friday afternoon, the club was first contacted by Gillingham at approximately 9:30am on the day of the match.

At this time, the hosts expressed concern over the open terracing in the away end, as well as the weather forecast, with snowfall expected during the afternoon.

Rovers officials were also informed that the referee had been notified about these concerns and was due to arrive at the Priestfield Stadium at 11:00am.

At approximately 11:15am, the club was again contacted by Gillingham, who confirmed the postponement of the fixture on the grounds of spectator safety, a decision supported by the local Safety Advisory Group.

This news was followed by confirmation on the club’s official website and social media platforms at approximately 11:20am.

A statement on Gillingham’s official website stated that, following an inspection by the match referee and despite the pitch being potentially playable, the amount of snow that had fallen had caused a health and safety concern for all supporters.

Although Rovers did not make the decision to postpone the game, the club will look into reimbursement of those who attempted to travel to Gillingham by covering the cost of away supporter coaches for the rearranged game for both official and independent travel groups.

The club would like to reiterate its thanks to those who travelled.

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