Doncaster Rovers fans plan ‘peaceful protest’ at Bradford after ticket fiasco

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Doncaster Rovers fans are planning a ‘peaceful protest’ at Saturday’s game at Bradford City after the collapse of a ‘reciprocal ticket deal’.

Fans of both clubs watched the reverse fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium in October for no more than £15 after Rovers said they had agreed a reciprocal deal with the Bantams to offer reduced price tickets.

Bradford, however, are charging full price this weekend - with adult tickets costing £25.

The West Yorkshire club are understood to be considering offering free coach transport to Rovers fans as an alternative.

“This is wholly unacceptable to ALL the recognised supporter groups of Doncaster Rovers; the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club, the Viking Supporters Co-operative and the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group,” said a joint Doncaster Rovers supporter organisations statement.

“Unanimously, we agree that any alternative will be nothing more than a token gesture to cover up the fact that Bradford City FC are refusing to treat our away supporters with the same dignity and respect that our club treated theirs.

“Bradford City are a football club who received praise from many fans of other clubs for their radical approach to Season Ticket pricing and making football more accessible. On this occasion they are failing supporters.

“We urge fans to join in with a peaceful protest on the day of the game. We believe that as a body of fans we should make our feelings known that this isn’t an acceptable way to treat supporters.

“Anyone who is interested in joining us are welcome to attend an open meeting on Wednesday at 7pm at the Staff Of Life pub, Waterdale, Doncaster, where we will discuss our plans for the game.”

The Football League were involved in protracted discussions between the two clubs and supporters’ club representatives prior to Monday’s announcement that tickets for this weekend’s game will remain at full price.

Several Rovers fans have threatened to boycott the game as a result of Bradford’s stance.

The Star has asked Bradford City to explain their position but, as yet, we have had no response.