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Two year ban for football ‘fan’ at Doncaster Rovers match

An 18-year-old man has been arrested by police and banned for two years by Doncaster Rovers Football Club after a number of smoke bombs were set off at last night’s match at the Keepmoat Stadium. Two other men, also from Doncaster, were arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour and five men from Leeds were issued with Section 35 dispersal orders and ordered to leave the event.

This type of behaviour can ruin what should be an enjoyable event for the thousands of people who attend and are passionate about the game. We will not tolerate or accept the actions of a small minority of people who are intent on causing disruption and we will robustly deal with anyone at any football match within South Yorkshire who chooses to behave in this manner.

– Chief Inspector Gwyn Thomas

Doncaster Rovers beat Leeds United on penalties

Doncaster Rovers' Andy Williams scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot Credit: PA

Doncaster Rovers have beaten Leeds United 4-2 on penalties in tonight's Capital One Cup first round.

The game went to extra time after Lewis Cook scored his first senior goal for Leeds, and the hosts levelled through an Andy Williams' penalty. Rovers sealed their victory through missed penalties by Chris Wood and Sam Byram.

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Furman among 11 players released by Doncaster

South African midfielder Dean Furman is among 11 players released by Doncaster Rovers.

Furman was a key player for Doncaster this season despite the club failing to gain League One promotion. Credit: Press Association

Jamie McCombe, Theo Robinson, Abdul Razak, Reece Wabara and Stephen Bywater have also been told they can leave the Keepmoat Stadium.

Released:

  • Jamie McCombe
  • Theo Robinson
  • Abdul Razak
  • Reece Wabara
  • Dean Furman
  • Stephen Bywater
  • Lewis Ferguson
  • Alex Peterson
  • Aron Gordon (Not offered professional contract)
  • Alexander Head (Not offered professional contract)
  • Jack McClaren (Not offered professional contract)

Retained (offered new deals):

  • Rob Jones
  • Kyle Bennett
  • Ben Askins (6 month contract until 31/12/15)
  • Mitchell Lund
  • Harry Middleton
  • Liam Wakefield
  • Billy Whitehouse
  • Matthew Davies (Extended scholarship)

One Direction mania hits the Keepmoat Stadium

One Direction fans were out in force in Doncaster where after getting wind that one of their idols was in town.

Louis Tomlinson took time out of his schedule to take part in a legends game for Doncaster Rovers' veteran James Coppinger

The singer posed for photographs and talked with fans who had camped overnight to secure their place at the front of the cordon:

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One Direction star to turn out for Rovers veteran's legends match

Louis Tomlinson is set to don his beloved Doncaster Rovers today when he turns out to honour one of the clubs longest serving players, James Coppinger.

Louis Tomlinson will turn out in support of veteran James Coppinger Credit: Press Association

Attacking midfielder Coppinger is now in his 11th season at the club. Born in Guisborough on the edge of the North York Moors Coppinger moved to South Yorkshire in 2005, and has racked up over 500 career appearances, scoring 64 goals.

Coppinger has spent 11 seasons at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The club's matched my ambition throughout the whole time I've been here. As I've progressed the club have progressed. I've had fantastic support over the 11 years.

My wife worked in Doncaster, my kids went to school in Doncaster and two of them were born in Doncaster. I know how much it means to Doncaster people and how much football means to them.

His (Louis') enthusiasm and love for the club is massive. That's exactly the same as me and to have him on board, it's an honour for me to have him here because of how well he's done.

– James Coppinger

Two FA Cup clashes called off

Two FA Cup First Round ties featuring teams from our region have been called off.

Waterlogged: Both Mansfield Town and Doncaster Rovers games have been called off Credit: Press Association

Mansfield Town's match at Concord Rovers and Doncaster Rovers game at Weston-Super-Mare were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

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