Doncaster Rovers have had to release a club statement over two fans’ sick taunt towards Rotherham United supporters on Saturday.
The League One match played out to a 2-0 victory in favour of the Millers, with thanks to a double from striker Michael Smith.
Rotherham played much of the second half with 10 men, after Mikel Miller was dismissed, however Smith’s double was enough to earn the points with dismal Doncaster unable to stage a second-half comeback.
One incident however marred the game, as seen in the clip, two males can be seen mocking individuals in one of the stands at the New York Stadium.
— Sarah Feher 😊 (@sfeher) August 28, 2021
“Doncaster Rovers is aware of a video on social media which shows two people in the away end at Saturday’s match against Rotherham United.
“The club has a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of discrimination and is working with Rotherham United to identify the individuals involved.”
Paul Warne’s side took the lead in the 27th minute with Miller feeding Smith, tucking the ball past Pontus Dahlberg to break the deadlock.
Kieran Sadlier, who was playing against his former club, came close to doubling the advantage after he cut in from the right flank, but on hand was keeper Dahlberg, closing down the angle.
Smith got his second two minutes into added on time, the ball falling nicely to him on the edge of the box and he volleyed into the bottom corner, keeping the home fans happy.
Donny, who have only picked up a goal on the opening day of the season, wanted to try and capitalize on the 53rd minute sending off with Miller given marching orders for a lunge on Kyle Knoyle.
But Richie Wellens’s side couldn’t convert possession into chances as Rotherham saw out the match in relative ease.
Tommy Rowe says his Rovers side need to be more aggressive in their game as they lost 2-0 to local rivals Rotherham United.
On Rovers’ performance: “We’re disappointed to lose the derby. We need to be ruthless and get some points on the board.
“We were matched up quite evenly man vs man. We had a game plan where we thought we could expose them and there was signs of that working but it just comes down to that little bit where you have to commit and drive at your man.
“Credit to Rotherham for how they have set themselves up. They are a hard to beat team and physically they can dominate. We came to win our individual battles and play our own game. Too many times in this league you can get sucked into other people’s games.
“We have to work harder, maintain our high standards and put everything into our training sessions before we return match action.
“Don’t let games like this go by and just accept it – we never will. We want to win every game regardless of the inexperience.”
On his versatility this season: “I came in to play left back and I think it says a lot about our situation that I’ve covered a few positions so far this season.
“With injuries and illnesses you have to do your bit for the team and I will always do that and I know the rest of the team will too.”
Richie Wellens‘ assessment of the game: “Sometimes we played through them easily but then we would turn back and allow them to get back into their shape.
“The biggest frustration of all is we know their threats with Michael Smith and we don’t put a front screen in front of him and we dangle a leg for both goals.
“We have shown where we are at and Rotherham have shown where they are at. They are a big physical team that have come down from the Championship last year.
“We did not compete physically and we did not put the ball in the box when playing against ten men.
“I’m gutted our supporters have come away without seeing us have some good chances, particularly when playing against ten men.
“This international break has come at a welcomed time.”
On injuries and game management vs Rotherham: “When we get Jon Taylor and Jordy Hiwula back it will change our dynamics massively.
“We are working on things that are a bit alien to us at the minute. I had to bring on Tiago because we needed a goal but I did not want to risk him because of his calf.
“I’m hoping we will have one or two bodies back for Rotherham in the Papa John’s Trophy game.”
Fans reacted as Doncaster a release club statement over the two fans’ sick taunt towards Rotherham supporters…
@craigtaylor1234: I’m a donny fan with a disabled son. If I’d have seen this I would have challenged them
@agp1982: Agree pal but there’s Stewards stood there doing nothing about it. How can football grounds become an inclusive place if nothing is done there and then
@Weststand4: I reported this to stewards who told me they’d called it in. We are told to report offensive or discriminatory behaviour and action will be taken. @drfc_official and @OfficialRUFC over to you.
@KirkPashley: @drfc_official we don’t want people like this associated with our club, please ban them
@Lee90133692: As a Doncaster fan who is up for some banter and dislike Rotherham United with a passion, this is disgusting. I will be very surprised if my club doesn’t follow this up and find the individuals involved
@Ford4Caz: Well done to those who said they reported this. As fans that’s exactly what we need to do when we see anything discriminatory and the clubs need to deal with these people and get them out of our game.
@GazzaWozza: Should have been shown the door and banned for life!
@jimmy190178: There’s 2 stewards stood literally 6ft away from them doing absolutely nothing about it.
@chrissie_scales: @syptweet if you can arrest a person for racial slurs online you can arrest these for being prejudice
@sweet_psycho69: Don’t want that in our club
@claretimms2: I’m a donny fan and this is absolutely out of order and these two don’t represent our club in the slightest this is absolutely disgusting disrespectful behaviour and these fans do not represent our club I’m a donny fan too they need banning
@BigBoris11: Embarrassing behaviour from an embarrassing set of fans
@ClaireHowle: And then some wonder why fans don’t like going to away games, you have idiots like this or fans causing fights either with their own fans or the other teams fans. Most of the time it isn’t enjoyable even if we win
@PinkcessLinz: Already said this… but the disgraceful behaviour of a minority of our supporters yesterday were an utter embarrassment and made me ashamed to be associated!
@PokerMillers: Typical along with the nonce and peado chant from the 12 year olds coming down new York way . Police do nothing club with do nothing .Banter is banter but going to low depths like that show how they where dragged up. Stewards just card board cutouts./
@Rands89: I’m a Doncaster fan who’s worked with Autism for 13 years. This is completely unacceptable. I’ve shared it in the hope someone among our fan base can identify them.