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Hooligan ‘attacked steward’ at Doncaster Rovers match

CCTV image of the man police would like to trace in connection with the assault of a steward at the Keepmoat Stadium during a football match on New Year's Day.

CCTV image of the man police would like to trace in connection with the assault of a steward at the Keepmoat Stadium during a football match on New Year's Day.

A STEWARD was assaulted by a football hooligan at a Doncaster Rovers game.

Now police have launched an appeal to try to track the suspect down, and have issued a picture of a man they want to speak to.

The attack happened at Rovers’ home match against Sheffield United on New Year’s Day, at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It was at about 4.40pm, when Sheffield United equalised by scoring a goal, which resulted in the away fans celebrating.

During this time, one of the fans jumped over the barrier and headed towards the pitch. He was detained by two stewards and brought back to the stand to be ejected from the stadium.

Another man then allegedly assaulted one of the stewards to try and release the fan they had detained. He was unable to free the fan and then disappeared into the crowds.

Police today issued a picture of a man they want to speak to.

Gavin Baldwin, chief executive of Doncaster Rovers, said: “The Keepmoat Stadium is extremely safe and we are proud to say that incidents like this are rare.

“We have a fantastic reputation as a club with a great fan base and we urge our fans to support the police in their bid to identify this assailant.

“We do not want to see and will not tolerate this kind of behaviour at the Keepmoat Stadium. This is a family friendly venue and we hope that the police are successful in their appeal.”

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the man or who has any information, should contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55111, quoting crime reference A/5050/2013.

 

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