Rotherham to lodge a complaint after fans make wasted journey for game at Bristol Rovers
ROTHERHAM United are to lodge a complaint with the Football League, alleging lack of communication from Bristol Rovers over the postponement of Saturday's game at the Memorial Stadium
Heavy overnight rain continued throughout the morning and, although Rovers insisted the Memorial Stadium pitch was still playable at 11am, referee James Linington called the game off when he arrived less than an hour later.
Soon after, a story appeared on the official Rotherham website saying they would be making "a complaint to the football authorities about the lack of communication from Bristol Rovers over the game being called off."
The Yorkshire club were unhappy that their fans had made what turned out to be a wasted journey. A statement on the website read: "The club is disappointed we were not kept informed as to the situation at Bristol Rovers.
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"While we fully appreciate the weather has got the better of things, we believe had communication been better, supporters could have been better informed so as to not make the journey."
Rovers have yet to respond to the allegation, but Rotherham manager Steve Evans said: ''I really feel for our supporters who had travelled down to the South West in big numbers. Not for the first time in recent weeks they arrived to find the match postponed.
''The match referee made the correct decision as the pitch was clearly unplayable. But he confirmed he was consistently told via telephone all morning that the match was not in any danger.
''As the rain continued to lash down, I sent two members of my coaching staff to look at the pitch mid-morning and they telephoned me immediately to confirm the pitch was sodden and had puddles all over it.
"When the referee arrived at the stadium it took him no more than a minute or so to postpone the match.
''It is about time our traveling supporters were taken into consideration. Just what has gone on recently is not acceptable. I spoke to my chairman Tony Stewart and he was also furious."
Rovers faced massive disappointment and financial loss over the call-off. It was to have been the first game of John Ward's second spell as manager and the club were anticipating a bumper turnout.
Chairman Nick Higgs, pictured, said: "We were devastated that the game was called off. We were all looking forward to the return of John Ward and we were expecting a big crowd to welcome him back.
"However, we have to try and look at the positives. We will now welcome John for his first home game in charge on New Year's Day. Hopefully, it will be a great start to the year for everyone connected with our club."
Ward's first match will now be the Boxing Day visit to Aldershot Town, followed by another away trip to face his old club Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
The New Year's Day game is against Plymouth Argyle.