Rowing wants ‘superb’ fans exonerated

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has called for the club’s supporters to be exonerated from any blame after allegations some of them made sickening chants towards opposition striker Billy Sharp in Monday’s South Yorkshire derby with Doncaster Rovers.

The internet message site Twitter was inundated with posts accusing Reds’ supporters of directing vile chants towards Sharp about the death of his two-day-old son during the game at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Sharp’s son died in October and the former Sheffield United marksman has received plenty of support in and outside of the football world following his sad loss.

“All I can say is that our fans were superb during the match and so were Doncaster’s fans,” Rowing told The Star. “I was at the game and I didn’t hear any of the chants that have been alleged. The player himself has said that he didn’t hear any such chants. I think what’s happened here is that there’s some vindictive person out there who is hiding behind Twitter to stir up trouble.

“Of course if it was proven that anything was said by our supporters then we’d take action, but all the remarks are alleged and no one has come forward and said they’ve heard them. Unfortunately people can hide behind Twitter and seem to be able to get away with saying whatever they want.”