Doncaster Rovers have sacked full back Niall Mason following his conviction for sexual assault.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to an incident in a Bawtry bar and has been dismissed by Rovers for gross misconduct.
He received a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years and has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
Doncaster released a short statement following the decision, saying:
“Rovers have cancelled the contract of Niall Mason after he withdrew an appeal against his dismissal by the club. Rovers opened internal disciplinary proceedings immediately following his guilty plea for a sexual offence at Sheffield Crown Court.”
He arrived at Doncaster Rovers in August 2016 from Aston Villa, initially as a loan, before the deal was made permanent at the end of the 16/17 season.
He made 120 appearances for Rovers, bagging three goals, and was widely regarded as one of the best players from the early part of this season.
Doncaster have to make the call, it’s a family club that recently won awards for their work with the community and therefore they have to set a standard.
Someone, somewhere will give him a second chance. That’s what football is all about.
Once he’s seen out his sentence, he will be free to return to the green rectangle and start afresh.