Protests just a part of football, insists Blackburn Rovers forward

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

A LOT has happened since Colin Kazim-Richards last started for Blackburn Rovers but, as far as he is concerned, nothing will take away from the ultimate objective of Premier League promotion.

Rovers’ Turkish international is pushing for a return to the starting line-up for this afternoon’s Championship visit of Wolves, having been out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury, and insists it is ‘business as usual’ as Ewood Park welcomes the post Steve Kean era.

Kazim-Richards, on a season-long loan from Galatasaray, was brought to the club by Kean and was quick to wish his former boss well for the future after his shock resignation on Friday.

But, despite witnessing the anger directed towards Kean by sections of the home support so far this season, Kazim-Richards insists there is no ill-feeling towards the supporters for making their protests heard.

He said: “I played in 20 times worse than what was going on at Ewood Park and this is what I was trying to tell people. Everyone is like ‘it is this’, ‘it is that’ and I said ‘this is football’, ‘this is what goes on’.

“You have to understand the fans are passionate about their club and they are going to try and get their point across no matter what. Certain things I don’t agree with but my views are different. Who am I to say anything? When you are so passionate about something you have to try and get your point across one way or another.

“That is the way certain people thought they had to do it.

“I have played in games in Turkey and Greece where 50,000 fans are booing every time their player touches the ball. It is a working environment and that is what you get.

“You get chairs coming on the pitch, you have got shoes, money, lighters, so for me the supporters at Blackburn, what they were doing, it might have been wrong it might have been right, but you just have to get on with it.

“I don’t want to sound disrespectful but it hasn’t really been a big thing for me. I’m not saying the passion of the fans is not great – that’s not what I mean, I mean the way they have gone about it was all right.

“I have seen Galatasaray fans set their stadium alight. That is no disrespect to Blackburn fans, over here is a different culture.”

A big crowd is expected this afternoon with the turmoil of the past 18 months expected to be put to one side in the wake of Kean’s departure.

The striker was at home when Kean told the squad of his resignation at a London hotel last Friday and he admitted he thought it was ‘wind-up’ when Danny Murphy texted him the news.

A party atmosphere is expected from some quarters but Kazim-Richards is adamant the previous negative atmosphere could not have been used as an excuse to derail their promotion push.

He said: “There is no excuse for us to be scared or losing points. I can’t judge and I can’t say what has gone on over the last 18 months because I wasn’t there. It wouldn’t be fair of me to say anything.

“No disrespect, certain media do things certain ways and they portray it to be what it’s not. Everyone needs to get their point across and it is not as though what happens here doesn’t happen anywhere else.

“For me, I had to go out and still do a job. That’s what I get paid to do and that’s what I enjoy doing. Anything but promotion is a fail for me. I don’t care who is in charge.

“It was portrayed as more than it was on the outside. There was nothing bad going on at the training ground.

“We are still footballers and we still have to go out and pull that shirt on and represent that crest. Nothing changes, it really doesn’t.

“To me if we win the game that is all that matters, I don’t think about anything negative going around.

“It is great to be back. I have never had an injury before really, not a lot of people knew it was a posterior cruciate.

“I came back and did it again because I came back too quickly, not through anyone’s fault.

“I thought I was ready to return but after three or four minutes I aggravated it.”

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12:12pm Sat 6 Oct 12

petergray says...

“I have seen Galatasaray fans set their stadium alight."

I knew we were doing something wrong. No wonder it took so long to get kean out. We are all a bunch of softies.
“I have seen Galatasaray fans set their stadium alight." I knew we were doing something wrong. No wonder it took so long to get kean out. We are all a bunch of softies. petergray
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12:15pm Sat 6 Oct 12

xrayspex77 says...

what's he on about??
what's he on about?? xrayspex77
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12:18pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Billypieman says...

Wait till you see Burnley town centre after we beat them again in December Colin. Those hill monkeys really do know how to smash up their own town.
Wait till you see Burnley town centre after we beat them again in December Colin. Those hill monkeys really do know how to smash up their own town. Billypieman
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12:32pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Bryan Douglas supporter says...

Slow news day down at Ewood and at the LEP? "There's nothing bad going on at the training ground" (nothing good, either?, ask our defenders and Colin H). As for players, they should do their talking on the pitch, putting in a full shift (NB: Mr. Murphy). What is happening elsewhere? Still no news from India; are Shaw, Agnew and Shebby still in the same state of shock as our absent owners?
Slow news day down at Ewood and at the LEP? "There's nothing bad going on at the training ground" (nothing good, either?, ask our defenders and Colin H). As for players, they should do their talking on the pitch, putting in a full shift (NB: Mr. Murphy). What is happening elsewhere? Still no news from India; are Shaw, Agnew and Shebby still in the same state of shock as our absent owners? Bryan Douglas supporter
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12:34pm Sat 6 Oct 12

RachRovers says...

xrayspex77 wrote:
what's he on about??
I think he's saying the protests were perfectly understandable, could not be used as an excuse for players' poor performances on the pitch, and were portrayed as "excessive" by certain media with a certain agenda. He also implies that Kean getting thumped on the training ground was nothing bad.

Here's to Bonleh village centre getting smashed up twice this season too!
[quote][p][bold]xrayspex77[/bold] wrote: what's he on about??[/p][/quote]I think he's saying the protests were perfectly understandable, could not be used as an excuse for players' poor performances on the pitch, and were portrayed as "excessive" by certain media with a certain agenda. He also implies that Kean getting thumped on the training ground was nothing bad. Here's to Bonleh village centre getting smashed up twice this season too! RachRovers
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12:37pm Sat 6 Oct 12

SimonGarner says...

Good interview with Kaz there, and spot on with his comments.
Good interview with Kaz there, and spot on with his comments. SimonGarner
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1:30pm Sat 6 Oct 12

lusorover says...

All good stuff Kaz.

Let's get back to expending all our energies on winning points and supporting all the lads who are on the pitch for us.

Starting today!
All good stuff Kaz. Let's get back to expending all our energies on winning points and supporting all the lads who are on the pitch for us. Starting today! lusorover
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1:34pm Sat 6 Oct 12

MatthewCA says...

good luck, Kazim is our yakubu.....get more goals..........rush for it.
good luck, Kazim is our yakubu.....get more goals..........rush for it. MatthewCA
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1:49pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Captain Dreckley says...

Well Kaz, just wait till you enter the atmosphere at dingley dell. I remember McAteers response that it was hotter than Merseyside or Glasgow. Those single inbreds didn't set their stadium on fire, far too tame they settled on the managers wife. Anyway Kean is gone and good riddance. Come on you blues
Well Kaz, just wait till you enter the atmosphere at dingley dell. I remember McAteers response that it was hotter than Merseyside or Glasgow. Those single inbreds didn't set their stadium on fire, far too tame they settled on the managers wife. Anyway Kean is gone and good riddance. Come on you blues Captain Dreckley
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2:04pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Captain Dreckley says...

The reassuring thing for those dingles is that they will see the club reinvest part of the money from the sale of Charlie Austin in January on the pitch, 3 sacks of grass seed and the rest will go the same way as your other high profile sales and money from cup runs.
The reassuring thing for those dingles is that they will see the club reinvest part of the money from the sale of Charlie Austin in January on the pitch, 3 sacks of grass seed and the rest will go the same way as your other high profile sales and money from cup runs. Captain Dreckley
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