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Upset: Tracy as Donny Dog

Upset: Tracy as Donny Dog

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Take a bow (bow, wow) Rovers fans, you’ve got Tracy Chandler reprieved.

For years, the unpaid Donny Rovers team mascot had run up and down the pitch, sweltering under a giant, sexless hairy dog costume, just for the love of it.

Beauty shot: Scantily-clad Tracy in one of the pictures that got her the sack ' harmless nonsense or bringing the club into disrepute?

Beauty shot: Scantily-clad Tracy in one of the pictures that got her the sack ' harmless nonsense or bringing the club into disrepute?

But then she got sacked for revealing the other side of Donny Dog – by stripping to her undies and posing for the Sunday Sport.

Fans booed the club’s “prudish” attitude. What harm had she done – she even gave her fee to charity, they cried.

Yesterday, they won their campaign. The big-hearted fund-raiser and mum of three got her job back.

The sacking WAS too harsh, but when football is desperately trying to shift away from its image of sleazy, cheating players, scantily clad girls and sexist promotions and get back to family values, I can see why they saw red when their mascot, Donny Dog, popped up in a lurid national paper next to Tracy in her sussies.

I’m glad she’s back in fake fur. But why on earth did she do it? Was she lured by a cajoling hack who massaged her ego?

And why didn’t she ask the club first? Was that because she suspected the answer would have been a flat no?

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