Sherwood to placate Blackburn protesters
Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.
Tuesday 12 September 1995
Blackburn's Radio Rovers was inundated with irate callers after the 1- 1 draw against Aston Villa, and they continued to besiege the club switchboard yesterday. Now club officials are thought to be advising Sherwood that he should act quickly to diffuse the situation before Blackburn's opening Champions' League fixture, against Spartak Moscow tomorrow.
Sherwood insisted he did nothing wrong. "I wasn't aware of any reaction from the crowd and I didn't make any gesture," he said.
Ray Harford, the Blackburn manager, said: "I didn't see anything offensive."
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