Man dies at Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday derby

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A Rotherham United fan has died and another is thought to be in hospital after both suffered health complications at today’s South Yorkshire derby.

The man was taken ill before kick-off at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon and later died in hospital.

Everyone at Rotherham United FC would like to extend our deep condolences to family members and friends of the individual at this time. Our thoughts are with them

It is thought the second supporter remains in hospital.

A Rotherham United spokesman said: “Rotherham United are very saddened to learn this evening of the passing of one of our supporters after they were taken ill prior to kick off at today’s game with Sheffield Wednesday.

“After the supporter was taken ill the club were later informed that the individual passed away in hospital.

“Everyone at Rotherham United FC would like to extend our deep condolences to family members and friends of the individual at this time. Our thoughts are with them.”

Sheffield Wednesday won the match 3-2 in front of more than 11,000 fans - but Rotherham fans took to an online forum to say the result was insignificant after hearing the sad news about their fellow supporters.

Forum user Rileyev2 wrote: “The game paled into insignificance before a ball was kicked for me today.

“Seeing both my Mam and Dad in their seats was the highlight of today for me personally.”

He added: “It was only a game of football today. I think we need to realise this tonight.

“Thoughts go out to both sets of families.”

On Twitter, Rob Fletcher said: “Thoughts to the family of the guy who died at the game today result suddenly seems unimportant it’s only a game after all.”

Hope Day said: “RIP to the man who lost his life at the match today, thoughts are with his friends and family.”

@owlette1975 added: “So sad RIP my thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Meanwhile, a Sheffield Wednesday fan is reportedly in hospital after suffering a suspected broken jaw during the game.

Earlier this afternoon, police reported that the match passed without incident.

A number of extra officers had been put on duty for the match in case there was any trouble but there were no arrests and police have reported no disorder.

Chief Insp Richard Butterworth, who oversaw the policing of the game, said: “The match passed without incident and the operation ran smoothly.

“We hope all fans had a safe and enjoyable afternoon.”

Read The Star’s match report HERE.

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