Mascot Tracy given the boot for getting kit off

Fired: Donny Dog mascot Tracy Chandler, of Armthorpe, with a copy of the national newspaper she appeared in and a Doncaster Rovers' calendar shoot picture.
Fired: Donny Dog mascot Tracy Chandler, of Armthorpe, with a copy of the national newspaper she appeared in and a Doncaster Rovers' calendar shoot picture.
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A MUM says she has been sacked from her unpaid job as Doncaster Rovers mascot after posing with the costume in her underwear in an adult publication.

Tracy Chandler told The Star officials from the club’s Football in Community department sent her an email telling her they would no longer be using her as Donny Dog after the pictures appeared in the Sunday Sport.

Mother-of-three Tracy, aged 40, is devastated over losing the voluntary job which she loved and saw as a way to help charity.

She had asked the Sport to donate the fee to the NSPCC because it has been a cause the club has been supporting with a series of fundraisers this year.

Tracy, a mobile hairdresser, from Walstow Crescent, Armthorpe, has been wearing the Donny Dog costume at matches and other events around the borough for four years.

She said: “The club has sacked me over this. I’m devastated because I did what I did to try to help a charity.

“I’m livid that they have done this because I have worked hard as the mascot and didn’t get paid for it.

“I have been to hospitals, schools, and visited disabled children as Donny Dog, representing the club. I’ve cut down on my hairdressing work to fit appointments in as Donny Dog.

“Now they are saying I’ve disgraced the club. But it wasn’t long ago that some of the players did a naked calendar for charity, with footballs strategically placed to protect their modesty.

“If I want to do something for charity, why shouldn’t I? It’s my body.

“I said I would do it if they gave the money to the NSPCC. But Rovers said they wouldn’t accept the donation.

“I can’t believe that after all the work I have put in for them as Donny Dog they are treating me like this.”

Tracy said although her dad was a big Rovers fan, she had decided to take the role of Donny Dog because she has always wanted to do charity work.

She said she would love to see a campaign to reinstate her as the mascot and is urging fans to write in to the club to ask it to take her back. She called on chairman John Ryan to intervene.

Doncaster Rovers declined to comment yesterday. John Ryan was unavailable.

n Tracy was offered the photoshoot after having been described as Britain’s only female football mascot in an article in another Sunday paper.