Row erupts over ‘sick’ Billy Sharp chants

Doncaster Rovers' Billy Sharp with Barnsley's Miles Addison
Doncaster Rovers' Billy Sharp with Barnsley's Miles Addison

A ROW has broken out between rival South Yorkshire football fans after allegations that Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp was subjected to sick taunts about his dead son.

An internet war of words erupted after claims that a Barnsley fan had directed vile chants towards Sharp during Rovers’ 2-0 win over the Tykes at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday.

The 25-year-old’s two-day old son Luey Jacob died in October - but Sharp returned to football action just a few days later to score a wonder goal which he dedicated to the tot.

Barnsley chief executive Don Rowing said that if the fan could be identified they would be banned from the club for life.

He said: “Barnsley Football Club and its fans have an excellent reputation and we will not allow the actions of one individual to affect it. If we can identify the individual concerned we will take the strongest possible action.”

On Twitter Sharp himself said: “I didnt hear anything apart from u fat sheffield reject. But if there was a few people chanting that then i hope your proud of yourself, but i cant imagine any1 been so disrespectful.”

Doncaster Rovers declined to comment.

•Police say four fans were arrested during the game - two for affray, one from Doncaster and one from Barnsley, while one Barnsley fan was arrested for racial abuse. There was also one arrest for ticket touting offences.