RUFC - Douglas 'I Feel For Our Fans'
Rotherham United`s Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas says that the late decision to call in the referee on Saturday to inspect the pitch by Bristol Rovers Football Club was 'ridiculous`.
Speaking to Les Payne of The Star Mr Douglas confirmed that he would be raising the matter with the Football League insisting that, as referee James Linington had stayed overnight in the City, he should have been sent for earlier.
'There is a procedure - set down by the League - that clubs must follow and they should inform the opponents, the referee, the League and the media when there is any doubt at all but this clear process was not followed and that is simply not good enough,` Mr Douglas said. 'You have to give consideration to travelling fans, that is insisted on by the League - and had there been notice of a pitch inspection then our fans on the way down would hear of that and can make an informed decision on whether to wait for the inspection outcome or carry on. I feel for our fans and it`s really not good enough.`
Mr Douglas also said that members of the club, already in Bristol, had concerns on Saturday morning due to the heavy rain and that he was unable to get in contact with Rovers until after 11.15am. Well, to be honest, it wouldn't have made a lot of difference as we contacted the club at around 11am to be told all was fine and no pitch inspection was planned.
And I still think if the referee had had anything about him he`d have looked out of the window and thought about going to look at the pitch around 10am - OK, we`d have all already set off but we wouldn't have got as far as fifty miles away. And those planning the train journey might not have set off.
It`s a poor state of affairs - and not made any better by the fact that it`s the third time in a few weeks this has happened to the Millers. The first time at Accrington probably couldn't have been helped but I`m sure the Notts County game and this one on Saturday could have.
On a bright note - the other two we`ve had postponed we`ve now played and won both!
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