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Woof justice Andy Liney

POLICE have said sorry to Donny the Dog.

Senior officers from Huddersfield have officially apologised to the Doncaster Rovers mascot after he was barred from the Huddersfield Town v Rovers game at the Galpharm Stadium on March 4.

Donny - otherwise known as club official Andy Liney - was not allowed in the stadium.

Police said there were concerns he had previously been involved in problems.

But Mr Liney said he was completely respectable and complained to West Yorkshire Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn.

He has now been visited at his home in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and given an official apology.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Hibbert told Mr Liney: "A decision was taken to exclude the away team mascot for sound operational reasons, which were not in any way linked to your own behaviour on the day or at previous fixtures.

"Your character should be regarded as unblemished.

"I truly regret any embarrassment this incident has caused you.

"Additionally, an erroneous statement was made to the media regarding your conduct at a previous game.

"Again to reaffirm, our decisions have not made for anything other than real-time `on the day' issues. Your previous conduct is not in question."

Mr Liney said: "As a result of the police visit and a subsequent written apology I have been completely exonerated."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 16, 2006
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