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Managers' association criticizes Blackburn fans

Updated: December 21, 2011, 12:13

Blackburn manager Steve Kean looks on before their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

BLACKBURN, England(AP) England's League Managers Association has criticized Blackburn fans for their abusing of manager Steve Kean.

Blackburn slipped to the bottom of the Premier League after Tuesday's 2-1 loss against visiting Bolton and supporters jeered Kean for almost the entire match.

A surprise appointment when he was promoted to replace Sam Allaradyce last year, Kean has been subject to criticism for months. A banner urging his exit was even flown from a plane over Ewood Park this season.

The LMA says "the aggression and abuse leveled at Steve over recent weeks has stepped well beyond the mark and is as unacceptable in football as it would be in any other profession.''

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