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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


Two teenage girls arrested after disturbance

A 14 and 16-year-old girl were arrested last night after reports of a large number of young people on Morrell Street in Maltby behaving in an antisocial manner.

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Officers located approximately 50 young teens on Muglet Lane and Coronation Park.

A dispersal order was put in place to disperse the large group and officers remained in the area throughout the evening.

The two girls were arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

We believe this large gathering may have been pre-arranged and organised on social media.

I would like to send out a very clear message that we will not tolerate any form of antisocial or violent behaviour and action will be taken if you choose to behave in this manner. Extra officers will be in Maltby this evening on patrol to provide reassurance to residents and to provide an immediate response should there be any further, unacceptable behaviour in the area.

– Inspector Steve Brookes

Police seek information to help locate Rotherham man

Police have appealed for information about a man from Rotherham wanted on a recall to prison for breach of his licence.

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Shane Delaney was released from prison on licence last year after serving a sentence for burglary, however he breached the conditions of his licence and is now wanted by police on a recall to prison.

He is approximately 5ft 9ins tall and of a medium build with short dark brown hair.

He has connections in Malby aswell as in the Neepsend area of Sheffield.

Three arrested in sex abuse investigation

Three men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The men, aged 35, 33 and 30-years-old, were arrested on 29 April in Rotherham in connection with a number of sexual offences including rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault committed against two girls under the age of 16 between 1999 and 2001.

They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Eleven men have been arrested in connection with this investigation since November 2014.


Rotherham MPs win defamation round against Ukip candidate

Rotherham's three Labour MPs have won a round in their defamation action against a Ukip candidate over remarks she made about them in relation to the town's child abuse scandal.

Sarah Champion was one of three politicians who brought forward the claim Credit: Press Association

Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, and Sarah Champion, who succeeded Denis MacShane in the Rotherham constituency, sued Jane Collins, the MEP for Rotherham who is Ukip's candidate for Rotherham at next week's General Election.

Their claim for slander and libel arises from a speech Ms Collins gave at Ukip's conference in September - a month after a report found that about 1,400 children in the area had been abused between 1997 and 2013.

Sir Kevin and Mr Healey also sued Caven Vines, Ukip's leader on Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, for libel and slander over remarks he made about them in a live Sky News interview in January in relation to their alleged knowledge of the abuse.

Today, at London's High Court, Mr Justice Warby made preliminary findings which will allow the litigation to move onto the next stage.

He said that Ms Collins's words meant, as an allegation of fact, that each of the MPs knew many of the details of the exploitation yet deliberately chose not to intervene but allowed it to continue.

They also meant, as expressions of opinion, that they acted in this way for motives of political correctness, political cowardice or political selfishness and that they were guilty of misconduct so grave that it was or should be criminal, as it aided the perpetrators and made the MPs just as culpable.

The judge said: "This trial has required me to consider only how the defendant's words would have struck the ordinary reasonable member of her audience.

"It has been no part of my task to determine whether the meanings that I have found the words to bear are, or may be, defensible."

Lawyers for Ms Collins had argued that it was a political speech which did not contain any allegation of fact but expressed an opinion to the effect that the MPs were likely to have known that sexual exploitation was a serious problem in the area.

The judge said that well-established principles of law relating to meaning and the distinction between fact and comment made some allowance for the need to give free rein to political speech.

But the nature of the principles meant that there were limits on the protection that could be given.

He said that the law must accommodate trenchant expression on political issues, but it would be wrong to achieve this by distorting the ordinary meaning of words, or treating as opinion what the ordinary person would understand as an allegation of fact.

In the action brought against Mr Vines, judgment was entered against him after Mr Justice Warby concluded he had failed to put forward any defence which could possibly succeed.

The damages to be paid by Mr Vines, who represented himself, will be assessed at a later date if not agreed.

He was also ordered to pay £15,000 legal costs.

Ex-Hull City striker found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery

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Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey has been convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a lower league match-fixing plot.

Facey, 35, who played for Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, had denied being part of the conspiracy.

He claimed the businessmen who were apparently offering him up to £15,000 for his part in the plot were "class clowns" who he decided to "humour" and did not take seriously.

But the jury Birmingham Crown Court convicted him today of conspiracy to bribe players.

Former non-league player Moses Swaibu was convicted of the same charge.

Man arrested in connection with sex abuse investigation

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of non-recent child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The arrest was made yesterday (Monday) in the Rotherham area.

The man was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and rape of a female under 16.

He was questioned by detectives and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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
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