Barnsley director rejects claim Sharp was taunted with vile chants about dead son
Barnsley director Don Rowing has blamed 'mindless mischief-makers' for posting allegations on Twitter that some of the club's fans taunted Doncaster striker Billy Sharp with sickening chants during Monday's derby clash.
Barnsley fans have been accused of directing vile chants towards Sharp about the death of his two-day-old son in October during the game at the Keepmoat Stadium, which Doncaster won 2-0.
The Sheffield-born striker, 25, later said on Twitter that he did not hear the chants, while it was alleged on a Barnsley forum that one young fan was responsible.
Message: Sharp was allegedly targeted by Barnsley fans
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But Rowing is not convinced any such comments were made and blamed Twitter users for stirring up trouble.
Rowing said: 'I went to the game with other directors of Barnsley Football Club and senior management and I can assure you neither I, nor any other person I was with, heard any such comments.
'The social media network provides a platform for mindless mischief-makers. This is where we're heading nowadays, we're going to get 'Twittergation'.
'There are people who post as other people, they're not accountable for what they say.
'I don't think people are cruel enough to have actually made those comments at the game.
Reaction: Sharp's response to the alleged abuse
'I think this is a case of someone having an axe to grind with someone else and putting the initial post up on Twitter that certain comments were made.
'Common sense has to prevail here. The alleged comments were never heard by the person they were intended for and certainly not heard by me nor anyone else I was with.
'Now if any of our fans did hear any of these alleged chants and want to identify any individuals we will obviously take the necessary action. We're quite happy to do that.
'We would take strong action. But I believe our fans behaved impeccably yesterday.'
Sharp tweeted after the game: 'I didn't hear anything apart from…fat Sheffield reject, but I proved I wasn't fat for the first goal.'
Shortly afterwards Sharp added: 'But if there was a few people chanting that then I hope you're proud of yourself, but i cant imagine anyone being so disrespectful.'
The allegations come with the new year just days old and after a controversial 2011 that was scarred by shocking chants against Manchester United fans and racism and sexism rows.
Sharp, who dedicated a goal to his son three days after he died, used to play for Barnsley's rivals Sheffield United.
Tragedy: Sharp's son died in October
Earlier a fan had tweeted: 'I hope the Barnsley fans are ashamed of themselves, disgraceful behaviour towards Billy Sharp today…'
Another wrote: 'Some Barnsley FC fans are disgraceful. They were chanting sick stuff at Sheffield utds Billy Sharp about his baby that passed away. SICK!'
One Barnsley fan confirmed on a Barnsley forum that a song was directed at Sharp but added that a young person was responsible. They also called for the individual in question to be banned from watching football.
'It was 1 lad singing it and he soon got put in his place, the kid was sat not far behind me, hopefully he will be found and made to apologise to him and also get a ban from football, but it wasn't barnsley fans it was a fan, who as far as i care is not associated with barnsley fc and barnsley as a town and never will be.'