Date: 25th October 2012 at 9:43am
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Rotherham United have answered the fans who became irritated on Tuesday night after being asked to move from a ‘sterile` area of the ground.

I was in the Ben Bennett stand and about twenty minutes in we became aware of ‘something happening` in the far corner next to the Recycling ‘Kop` Stand. We became aware of a confrontation between a number of stewards and thirty or so fans but have only learnt today that the stewards were asking the fans to move so that the ‘stadium looked tidy`.

What`s all that about? I wasn’t aware that football grounds had to look neat and tidy (if so they’ve definitely never heard of it in the likes of York and Exeter!)

Admittedly, the fans involved hadn’t got tickets for the corner of the ground as none were sold with Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas explaining to Les Payne of The Star, ‘We have had issues with fans migrating from the North End into the Main and Family Stands and, as this corner of the ground is designated a sterile area the stewards were obliged to move the fans to the seats their tickets were for.

‘We want people to enjoy their visit and will look into this. If there`s demand for this corner area of the ground then we`ll ticket it and possibly steward it differently. We don`t want confrontation.`

OK, maybe the fans shouldn’t have gone and sat there but, to be honest, there was plenty of room and you know what it`s like when you meet up with friends but they haven`t a ticket near you and you want to sit and chat while the game is on. But, maybe if the club don`t want people to wander over there they should put a net over the seats.




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