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 yesterday's 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.

Rowing told Press Association Sport: "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."

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