ROTHERHAM UNITED: Millers probe Burton clash

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ROTHERHAM United look set to speak to the football authorities over the challenge in which skipper Ian Sharps suffered a broken nose early on in the game with League Two leaders Gillingham.

Angry Millers boss Steve Evans alleged that Sharps had been the victim of a “nasty, vindictive challenge”.

He added: “Ian Sharps had his nose smashed with an elbow and we will speak to the League and the FA about it.

“It was a red card yet the referee took no action and reckoned it was no worse than a yellow card when we spoke to him about it.”

The Gillingham player involved in the incident was former Millers and Owls striker Deon Burton. The referee didn’t give a foul at the time.

Later in the game, Gillingham’s Romain Vincelot was concussed after an aerial challenge from Jason Taylor. There was a six minute hold up due to what proved, fortunately, unfounded fears about a serious neck injury and the Gills’ player later recovered and was able to travel back with his colleagues.

Rotherham’s 2-1 defeat left them four points off third place and ten points behind leaders Gillingham.

The Millers, who are at Notts County tomorrow in their FA Cup second round replay, had Kari Arnason back in the side but were without groin victim Mark Bradley.