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Steve Evans dons sombrero for Championship finalé

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has appeared at Elland Road for his team's final game of the season wearing a sombrero.

The Scot had promised Millers' fans earlier in the season he would do it if they secured their Championship status.

He added a pair of flip flops and swimming shorts to finish the look.

Rotherham won't appeal against points deduction

Rotherham have decided against appealing the three-point deduction handed down by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United's New York Stadium Credit: Press Association

The Millers were docked the points and handed a £30,000 fine, half of which is suspended, for playing Farrend Rawson in Easter Monday's 1-0 win over Brighton after being found guilty by a three-man football disciplinary commission last week.

That punishment dragged Steve Evans' side back into a Sky Bet Championship relegation fight but it became academic after they took four points from their last two games, with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Reading confirming their status in the division.

The South Yorkshire club were given until Friday to lodge an appeal, but despite insisting the punishment was "disproportionate" they opted to accept it.

Having secured our Championship place for next season on the pitch on Tuesday night, the board has decided not to appeal against the decision to deduct us three points.

We still believe the decision to deduct three points for fielding a player as a result of an honest human error, where there was no intention to gain an unfair advantage, was disproportionate.

Our mistake did not affect the integrity of this year's competition, but if we had been relegated in the place of a team that had secured fewer points on the pitch over the season, that would have been a gross injustice.

As the appeal is now academic we have decided to support others who feel that it is time to change this particular rule rather than go through the appeal process.

We would like to thank all of those at other clubs who offered us their support and sympathy during this process.

Now we wish to draw a line under this matter and look forward to next season.

– Rotherham United official statement


Millers to appeal against points deduction

Rotherham United say they will appeal against a decision by the Football League to deduct three points from them for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error. It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings. We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch. It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.

– Rotherham United official statement

Three points deduction for Rotherham for fielding ineligible player

Rotherham will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton on April 6, the Football League has announced.

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The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League after they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

It plunges Steve Evans' side deep into the Sky Bet Championship relegation mire as they are now just a point above Millwall who occupy the final spot in the bottom three and two better off than second-bottom Wigan.

Millers wait on point deduction decision

Manager Steve Evans has revealed Rotherham will find out whether they will be deducted points for fielding an ineligible player before the weekend.

Farrend Rawson was on loan at Rotherham from Derby County Credit: Press Association

The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League last week as they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win over Brighton on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

They have had to endure a nervy wait to discover their fate after the league said a disciplinary panel would hear the case at "the earliest opportunity", while also indicating that the club will be open to the "full range of punishments", which includes a potential points deduction.

The three-man panel is finally set to meet on Thursday, with Evans expecting news of his club's fate in the next 24 hours

"It's going to happen very soon," the Scot, whose side host Norwich on Saturday, said. "It's not my job to talk when it is and when it's not, it will be soon enough.

"I've been told this morning that we hope it will be concluded by the time we arrive here on Saturday, whether that's today or tomorrow I am not 100 per cent sure."

The Millers have vowed to fight the charge, hiring top QC Jim Sturman to defend them, but a three-point deduction is thought to be the likeliest punishment should they be found guilty.

But Evans insists he does not know the strength of his club's defence and has not been involved.

"I am not involved in the case, all I know is the chairman that has spent many hours heading the football club on this with a legal representative, I've not been involved in any of the meetings because it is not my department," he added.

"I have almost been kept at a distance.

"You have to accept there's been an error. Certainly, knowing people inside this football club, no one means to make an error.

"I don't want to cast judgement on people who make genuine mistakes. I have made enough of them. I have often said that in my career and I mean it."

Six arrested in connection with crowd trouble at Rotherham match

Six people have been arrested in connection with the disorder at the Rotherham United and Millwall FC game earlier this year.

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A 43-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from Rotherham were arrested on Wednesday 15 April on suspicion of violent disorder.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

On Thursday 16 April, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service made a number of arrests in the London area.

Four men, aged between 16 and 47-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrests are in connection with a match between Rotherham United and Millwall FC at the New York Stadium in February.

After Rotherham scored in the 85th minute of the game, a number of supporters attempted to gain access to supporters in other parts of the ground.

Several stewards were reportedly attacked, leading to additional police resources being deployed to restore order.

As fans left the ground, there was further disorder. A number of stewards and police officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.


Court hears ex-Hull City striker's match-fixing allegations

An ex-Premier League footballer "cast his net around" for players in a plot to fix lower league matches, a court heard today.

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey, 34, is alleged to have become involved in the "ugly side" of his sport by acting as a middleman for two men who have already been convicted of match-fixing.

Facey, who also played for Huddersfield, Lincoln and Rotherham, denies conspiracy to commit bribery and is standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside former non-league player Moses Swaibu.

Football in this case is really nothing more than a means to an end - it's an opportunity to make money. It's described sometimes as the beautiful game but football has an ugly side to it as well, and it's that ugly side we are going to be looking at.

– Nick Mather, prosecutor

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,
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