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Rovers to keep full time players & staff in Conference

In a statement released on the Bristol Rovers website. Chairman Nick Higgs has said:

There are critical decisions that need to be made in the best interests of the club, and we will have to look at the financial implications of relegation as the Football League contribution will be cut.

We will have to review the playing budget and all other costs associated with running the club, but we will be keeping a full time playing and back room set up, and we will still have one of the best budgets in the Conference.

– Nich Higgs, Chairman

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Arrests following crowd trouble at Rovers match

Six people have been arrested following disorder at today’s match between Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town at the Memorial Stadium, which saw Rovers relegated from the Football League.

There were small pockets of disorder before the match and a police horse was punched during one of these incidents.

At the end of the game, feelings were running high because of the disappointing result and unfortunately a number of fans went onto the pitch.

Some of these people were intent on engaging in acts of significant violence.

Mounted officers were swiftly deployed to keep rival fans apart and disperse the crowds safely.

Although the majority of fans were well-behaved, there were six arrests made for public order offences and assaults. There are likely to be more arrests as our enquiries continue.

Three police officers were injured during the disorder although thankfully their injuries are not serious.

We simply will not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour or violence and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice using CCTV evidence, as well as other intelligence and information gathered during the policing operation.

– Police commander Supt Kevin Instance

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Rovers relegated to the Conference

The final League Two table. Rovers are relegated after finishing level on points with Wycombe, but with an inferior goal-difference.

Bristol Rovers have been relegated out of the Football League for the first time in their history, causing some fans to take to the pitch in anger.

Rovers just needed to avoid defeat to secure their League Two future, but they lost 1-0 at home to Mansfield.

And with relegation rivals Wycombe and Northampton both winning, it means Rovers drop into the Conference along with Torquay United.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke speaks to the media after their 1-0 defeat to Mansfield. Credit: ITV News West Country

Rovers in bottom two at half-time

Bristol Rovers are in danger of losing their place in the Football League.

The Pirates are losing 1-0 at half-time to Mansfield at the Memorial Stadium.

As it stands, with relegation rivals Northampton and Wycombe both winning, Rovers are currently in the drop zone.

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