Bristol: Rovers Relegated After 94 Years
4 May 2014, 07:26
Bristol Rovers fans were left in stunned silence for a few seconds after the final whistle went at the Memorial Stadium after a game which condemned to relegation from The Football League.
Rovers went into the game at The Memorial Stadium knowing they just needed a point against Mansfield to stay up - but they lost 0-1.
That, and other results, have seen them relegated from The Football League for the first time in 94 years.
"At the end of the game, feelings were running high because of the disappointing result and unfortunately a number of fans went onto the pitch. Some of these people were intent on engaging in acts of significant violence.
"Mounted officers were swiftly deployed to keep rival fans apart and disperse the crowds safely. Although the majority of fans were well-behaved, there were six arrests made for public order offences and assaults. There are likely to be more arrests as our enquiries continue.
“Three police officers were injured during the disorder although thankfully their injuries are not serious.
"We simply will not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour or violence and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice using CCTV evidence, as well as other intelligence and information gathered during the policing operation.
"Successful convictions are likely to lead to football banning orders, which will prevent those convicted from being able to attend games or follow the national side abroad. Those who are intent on causing trouble, no matter what the circumstances are, should remember they are not anonymous and they will face serious consequences for their actions.”
After the match Rovers manager Darrell Clarke was visibly upset and speaking to the media he apologised to fans:
"Words cannot describe how I feel, I am devastated and I apologise to the supporters. I take responsibility; I picked the team for the last eight games, and didn’t get the points required. I am not going to look for excuses, it is a 46 game season, and we have not done enough. We had a lot of chances today, but we did not take any of them.