Bombers dealing with fan revolt?

A number of Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans have shown their displeasure with the team this season. (QMI...

A number of Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans have shown their displeasure with the team this season. (QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 AM ET

WINNIPEG - As the Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to practice, Tuesday, head coach Tim Burke felt the need to talk to his players about the team’s fans.

A growing number of fans appear to be turning on the team, evidenced by the cheers for the visiting B.C. Lions in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game.

Burke says the announced attendance of 29,000-plus who showed up to watch their team be humiliated, 53-17, shows most fans remain behind the 2-11 Bombers.

“That was my message to the players: we’ve got the greatest fans in the world,” Burke said. “I mean, we had close to 30,000 fans for a 2-10 team.

“The other thing I told them is we’re a community-owned team. The fans pay your salaries. They pay my salary. And if they’re not happy with the product, they have a right to voice their opinion. But we need to be supportive of them, and realize they have a lot invested in you.”

Burke says he doesn’t get any negative reaction around town.

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