Paul Warne wants life ban for supporter after Rotherham United crowd incident

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MANAGER Paul Warne has called for severe action to be taken against a Rotherham United fan who threw an object at an assistant referee in today's clash at Crewe Alexandra.

The Millers returned to the top of League One by beating the Railwaymen 2-0, but the afternoon was marred by the incident that led to the official complaining of a headache and having to be replaced.

"I'm embarrassed by it," Warne said. "Out of 1,093 fans who turned up, one person's behaviour spoils it for everybody.

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"I have no sympathy for the perpetrator. I hope they get caught and they get a life ban. It's just not acceptable.

"I appreciate that officials plus players get a little bit of abuse, but physical abuse is a step too far."

Captain Richard went over to the away contingent to speak to supporters during the second-half stoppage at Gresty Road while after the match Rotherham issued a condemnatory statement.

The controversy, which came only a fortnight after trouble at Fleetwood Town, prompted the club to write on their website: "We will investigate the matter with the help of our colleagues at Crewe and will look to identify and punish the individual in question."

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Warne apologised to all our match officials in person after the encounter settled by Michael Smith's 20th and 21st goals of the season.

"It's not something that I want the lads and 99.9 per cent of our fans to be connected to," he said.

The boss revealed that the assistant referee thought he had been hit by a coin, although some Millers supporters claimed on social media that it was chewing gum.