Blackburn fans smeared by Kean, says local MP

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An MP has accused the Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, of conducting a "smear campaign" against the club's fans, who have protested against his continued role at the relegation-threatened club.

Graham Jones, the MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn, made the comments in a parliamentary debate on football governance on Thursday. Jones also said that Blackburn were a "shambles" under their Indian owners, Venky's.

Jones, a season ticket holder at Ewood Park, said: "Serious questions now have to be asked about the owners' ability to manage an English Premier League club; their awareness of Premier League rules; their future intentions for the club; whether foreign business practices bring the club into disrepute; and whether such practices should be prohibited within the framework of the Football Association Premier League's fit and proper persons test.

"What has been destructive in this spiralling vortex is a smear campaign by the manager, his agent and other clients, aimed at ordinary Blackburn Rovers fans who seek only constructive dialogue with the club."

He added that three meetings between protesting fans and Kean had been cancelled by the club.

A Blackburn spokesman said the club had no comment to make.