Doncaster Rovers Football Club has been banned from training on their home pitch before this weekend's Championship match against Cardiff City.

Rovers were refused by the Stadium Management Company (SMC) which runs the town's Keepmoat Stadium. The club was told it would be unfair on the Doncaster rugby league club who also share the stadium.

Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan told BBC News: "I simply cannot believe it, it has never been a problem before so why is it a problem now? We pay them around £1m in rent each year, we are the main tenants. This is a vital game for us and we have to make home advantage count."

It’s a strange situation as the rugby club stated it has no problems with the Championship side training on the pitch before their match on Sunday. Rovers, who also have a training ground at Cantley Park, said their players had trained on the Keepmoat pitch "on numerous occasions" earlier this season.

Chief executive Dave Morris told club website: "I think this shows that the people who run this stadium are not concerned with the key partners within it and do not understand how important this could be." The Stadium Management Company had nobody available to comment on Tuesday.

Posted on 05/04/2011