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Pants prank blamed for Keepmoat flood damage

A MINDLESS yob whose discarded underpants caused damage to Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium is being sought by club officials.

The club has hit out after a pair of boxer shorts were shoved into a toilet cistern - flooding the toilets and a downstairs bar after Saturday’s game against local rivals Scunthorpe United.

The damage happened in the West Stand – a home supporters’ area – after the pair of boxer shorts was shoved inside a toilet cistern during or after Rovers’ 4-0 win.

A club statement said: “This sort of vandalism costs the club money that could be used on the playing budget, both from repairs and the cost of the wasted water. It is your stadium and club – please look after it.”

The problem came to light at about 5.30pm on Saturday when staff and customers in the Belle Vue Bar beneath the Keepmoat’s West Stand spotted water pouring through the ceiling from the South Stand end of the concourse.

Investigations discovered a toilet directly above the bar had been deliberately vandalised by a Rovers fan with the underwear used to tie up the cistern, preventing it from working properly and sparking the flood.

A spokesman said the cost was still being calculated and added: “The water kept running and overflowed leading to flooding of the bar below.”

Electricians, plumbers and structural experts were called in to assess the damage, discovered after the majority of supporters had left the stadium.

It is thought that it is not the first time the culprit has attempted such a stunt – a spokesman said that underwear had been discovered in the toilet cisterns on previous occasions.

The vandalism is the latest in a string of unsavoury incidents involving Rovers supporters in League One this season.

Five fans were given bans by the club after a brawl at Hartlepool where Rovers supporters began fighting among themselves while toilets at Leyton Orient were daubed with human excrement during Rovers 2-0 win over the London club.

Photos of the sick act were later posted on social media websites and the club vowed to clamp down on supporters after a backlash from fellow fans upset at the club’s family image being tarnished.

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