DONCASTER Rovers’ mascot has been given the red card after getting her kit off to raise money for charity.
Tracy Chandler who laid claim to being the only woman football mascot in the country after taking on the role of Donny Dog was given the boot after pictures of her posing in her underwear were printed in a Sunday newspaper.
The 40-year-old mother-of-three who did the shoot to raise money for the club’s chosen charity NSPCC says she is devastated that she has been sacked from the voluntary job.
Tracy, of Walstow Crescent, Armthorpe, said: “I’ve put blood, sweat and tears into this job for the past three years going above and beyond to put smiles on children’s faces and this is how the repay me.
“It’s OK for the players to strip off and do a naked calendar for charity, that you can buy in the Rovers gift shop where lots of children will see it, but I’m not allowed to pose in my underwear for charity.”
Tracy doesn’t get paid for her role as Donny Dog that sees her making appearances at games as well as taking part in charity work and visiting children in hospital.
She is now hoping to kick-off a campaign to get reinstated.
The mum, who gave up working as a hairdresser in a salon to go mobile to devote more time to her mascot duties, says she was sacked via e-mail on Monday night by the club.
She said: “I was so proud to be Donny Dog and never got paid for it, not even my expenses. But for me it was about raising money for charity and giving something back.
“I just don’t think this is fair.”
Tracy was approached by the paper to take part in the shoot after she was featured in an article about mascots in another national newspaper.
Tracy said: “I got a message on my Facebook asking me if I’d be interested in doing a tongue in cheek photo shoot, I thought why not and agreed to it as long as the money went to the NSPCC.
“Now Rovers are saying the charity won’t be accepting the money.
“I was a bit surprised by how much nudity there was in the Sunday Sport to be honest, but I was happy with my pictures and pleased I’d raised some money for charity.”
Doncaster Rovers fans have taken to online forum The Viking Chat to voice their opinions.
Jucyberry typed: “To be fair she is right in some ways, after all the calendar was a pretty raunchy one from the bits I saw....
“However, to be fair to the club, Donny Dog is a completely differnt thing as it is child-orientated - so I can understand the club being none too pleased.”
Bentley Bullet wrote: “It appears she has been hounded out.
“Rovers are showing a bit of a cavalier attitude after finding her conduct unacceptable, but regarding the player’s naked calendar poses acceptable. Its inconsistency borders towards sexism.
“It’s not as though she removed her bra or anything.”
Doncaster Rovers did not wish to comment.