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Blackburn apologise to former boss Sam Allardyce over Steve Kean YouTube comments

Published 08/01/2013|11:28

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BLACKBURN have issued an apology to former manager Sam Allardyce over false allegations made against the West Ham boss by his Ewood Park predecessor Steve Kean.

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During Rovers' 2011 pre-season tour of the Far East, Kean was filmed talking to fans and making allegations about Allardyce. The video was posted on YouTube.

Kean served under Allardyce as first-team coach before the taking over in the wake of the 58-year-old's surprise sacking in December 2010.

Allardyce initiated legal proceedings against Kean and Blackburn over the remarks and reached an out-of-court settlement last week.

Today, Rovers issued a statement on their official website under the headline "Sam Allardyce: An apology".

It read: "During the summer of 2011, Mr Steve Kean was this club's manager and accompanied the players of Blackburn Rovers on a pre-season tour of the Far East."

The statement went on to say that Kean was filmed in a bar making false allegations about Allardyce, adding: "We apologise to Mr Allardyce for the embarrassment and distress caused to him by Mr Kean."

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