Date: 3rd January 2007 at 5:57pm
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In an interview for Yorkshire television, Premiership referee Mark Halsey claimed that Rovers asked the Football League for him to officiate the opening game at the Keepmoat Stadium.

A Football League spokesman said: ‘It’s absolute rubbish that Doncaster asked for Mark Halsey to be the referee for Monday’s match.

‘For high-profile and derby matches in the Football League it’s common practice for Premiership referees to be appointed.

‘It is also considered beneficial for clubs outside the Premiership to have top-flight referees in charge from time to time.’