Doncaster banned from their own pitch

Last updated : 06 April 2011 By Michael Morris

The reason given by The Stadium Mangament Company (SMC) was that it would be unfair on the rugby league team who play on the pitch on Sunday, 24 hours after the football. That's despite the rugby club saying they didn't mind.

Rovers chairman John Ryan said: "I simply cannot believe it, it has never been a problem before so why is it a problem now?

"We pay them around £1m in rent each year, we are the main tenants. This is a vital game for us, we have to make home advantage count."

On the club's website, Doncaster Rovers chief executive Dave Morris said: "I think this shows that the people who run this stadium are not concerned with the key partners within it and do not understand how important this could be."

The Stadium Management Company said nobody was available to comment on Tuesday.