Derby

Derby County apologises for fans' Nigel Doughty songs

Derby County have issued an apology after fans sang offensive songs about Nottingham Forest's late owner Nigel Doughty.

Small sections of home supporters sang the chants about the former chairman during Derby's 1-0 victory over Forest at Pride Park on Tuesday night.

Mr Doughty was found dead at his home in Lincolnshire last month, aged 54.

Derby County chief executive Tom Glick described the chants as "insensitive and distasteful".

He said: "We are very disappointed that a brief moment of insensitive and distasteful chanting by a minority of supporters spoiled what was a great occasion at Pride Park stadium last night and we do not condone the actions of those individuals in any way, shape or form.

'Should be ashamed'

"The vast majority of our supporters come to Pride Park to enjoy watching and cheering the Rams on to victory and generate a positive atmosphere inside the stadium.

"It is a shame for this majority that we today have to focus on a small group of people whose actions reflect badly on us all."

The club said it had started a review of the evening's events and asked any supporters with relevant information to get in touch.

Both Derby County and Nottingham Forest supporters have condemned the chants on social networking sites.

Forest player Dexter Blackstock posted on Twitter that the fans involved "should be ashamed".

The Rams scored the game's only goal four minutes into injury time after the visitors had striker Marcus Tudgay sent off.

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