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Statement: Stefan Payne

29 October 2018

Following reports in the press and social media on Saturday evening regarding Stefan Payne’s conduct at the final whistle at Oakwell, the club has issued the following statement.

The striker has issued an apology for his behaviour on Saturday afternoon, with an internal disciplinary procedure now concluded.

"I accept that my actions on Saturday were wrong," Payne said. 

"My family were in the stand and witnessed a small minority of supporters direct abuse towards myself throughout Saturday's game - which I reacted to in the incorrect manner.”

"In my short time at the club, I have already witnessed that we are fortunate to have the backing of a great fan base and I apologise for my actions on Saturday afternoon.”

Manager Darrell Clarke added, "We by no stretch excuse Stefan's actions following the final whistle at Oakwell."

"Once again, the Rovers fans travelled in great numbers to show their support for the team and we value the great following and backing that we receive away from home. 

"A good number of Rovers supporters made the long trip to Barnsley on Saturday and we as a team are grateful for that support. 

"While we are all feeling frustration given the current climate of the league position, it's important that we are all pulling together in the right direction.

"A full internal investigation was actioned after the game and a disciplinary procedure has been concluded.

“Stefan has been fined for the incident and has been reminded about his future conduct.”

The club will be making no further comment on this matter.

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