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Millers fan dies after South Yorkshire derby

A Rotherham United fan has died after falling ill ahead of the Millers' South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

A fan died ahead of the game at the New York Stadium Credit: Press Association

The club says the man fell ill before kick off, but died later in hospital.

Rotherham United are very saddened to learn this evening of the passing of one of our supporters after they were taken ill prior to kick off at today's game with Sheffield Wednesday. After the supporter was taken ill the club were later informed that the individual passed away in hospital. Everyone at Rotherham United FC would like to extend our deep condolences to family members and friends of the individual at this time. Our thoughts are with them.

– Rotherham United

It is also reported that a Sheffield Wednesday fan remains in hospital after the game.

South Yorkshire Police say the match, which dramatically finished 3-2 to The Owls, passed without incident and that there was no disorder.

The match passed without incident and the operation ran smoothly. We hope all fans had a safe and enjoyable afternoon.

– Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth

South Yorkshire derby: fans urged to enjoy game 'safely'

Aessal New York stadium

South Yorkshire Police is urging football fans at tomorrow's match between Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday FC to enjoy the game safely.

A number of extra officers will be on duty for the match at the New York Stadium to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for businesses, residents and shoppers.

The game is expected to attract a sell out crowd and there will be a visible policing presence around the ground and in the town centre.

We are planning for a safe, enjoyable event for everyone attending and we are expecting a great atmosphere. However, we will not tolerate any level of disorder or violence within South Yorkshire and we have sufficient resources in place to deal with those intent on causing trouble.

– Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth,


Police to review 200 hours of CCTV after Rotherham and Millwall violence

South Yorkshire Police will review 200 hours of CCTV footage in a bid to identify Millwall fans responsible for causing unrest at their game with Rotherham on Saturday.

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A section of the 1,300-strong following from London took exception to seeing their side concede a late goal, which gave the Millers a vital 2-1 win at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table, and attempted to invade home areas of the New York Stadium.

Riot police were forced to intervene before trouble continued outside the ground after full-time where a number of stewards and police officers suffered minor injuries.

After collecting footage from CCTV cameras inside the ground, the police will now trawl through it in order to identify those involved.

Rotherham condemned the "unprecedented level of violent behaviour" of the Millwall fans on Monday while the Lions have vowed to ban anyone found guilty.

A club statement by the Lions read: "Millwall Football Club will do everything possible to assist Rotherham United FC and South Yorkshire Police investigating the disorder that occurred during Saturday's match at the New York Stadium.

"The club's position remains clear - anyone associated with the club found guilty of violent behaviour will be banned from Millwall matches, in addition to any punishment they receive from the authorities."

Police investigate Rotherham/Millwall crowd violence

South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation after ugly crowd violence marred Saturday's Championship clash between Rotherham United and Millwall at the New York Stadium.

The trouble started after Rotherham's Kari Arnason scored an 85th minute winner. Police moved in as missiles were thrown by sections of Millwall's travelling support.

Other visiting fans then tried to cross fencing to confront home supporters. Two stewards and a number of police officers received minor injuries. No arrests were made, but police say they'll be examining CCTV footage to track down those responsible. Rotherham fan Charlie Jackson took these pictures of the disturbance on his mobile phone.

Stewards attacked at Rotherham v Millwall game

South Yorkshire Police are to conduct an investigation following disorder at the Rotherham United v Millwall FC game at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

After Rotherham United scored in the 85th minute, a number of supporters attempted to gain access to supporters in other parts of the ground. Several stewards were attacked, leaving two with minor injuries, and additional police officers were deployed to restore order. As fans left the ground, further disorder occurred.

A number of police officers also received minor injuries.No arrests were made. But Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said

“Again we see a minority of individuals spoil the event for many others. They aren't a true representation of genuine football supporters and have no place in football. Such action can not be tolerated. I thank the bravery and courage of stewards and police officers in tackling such criminal acts and we will now review evidence to identify and bring to justice those that are responsible for such criminal acts.”


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Skarz leaves Millers

Defender Joe Skarz has left Rotherham United by mutual consent.

Joe Skarz Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old made 78 appearances for Rotherham over three seasons, playing a key role in Millers’ sides which reached League One in 2013 and achieved promotion to the Championship last season.

Skarz joined Rotherham from Bury 2013 on a free transfer after impressing on loan.

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