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Derby apologise over offensive chants about deceased Forest chairman

Derby County have issued an apology for distasteful chants by some Rams fans about former Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty during the east midlands Championship derby at Pride Park. Doughty was found dead at his home at the age of 54 last month.

Forest boss Steve Cotterill condemned the chants after the match, while his counterpart at Derby Nigel Clough also made his displeasure clear.

A club statement read: "Derby County Football Club wishes to formally apologise to the family of Nigel Doughty, Nottingham Forest Football Club and all supporters in attendance at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night for the behaviour of a small group of people at last night's game.

"Some of the chants directed to opposing supporters were wholly inappropriate and damage the excellent reputation of the Club and its supporters at large."

Derby chief executive Tom Glick, who had previously made an apology to Forest club officials, added on the club's official website: "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.

"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 has appealed to any fans with information about those who may have been involved to contact the club.

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