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The Rams have apologised to their Championship rivals after sections of Pride Park marred the match with chants aimed towards the late former Forest chairman

Derby County have formally issued an apology to Nottingham Forest following sections of the home support singing songs directed at their opponent’s former chairman Nigel Doughty.

The Rams ran out 1-0 winners on a night, but the main talking point was the distasteful singing about Doughty, who passed away last month.

At full-time Derby boss Nigel Clough had made clear that an apology was to be formally issued, with the following the outcome:

“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," said chief executive Tom Glick.

“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."

Nottingham forest manager Steve Cotterill was also very shocked and saddened upon hearing the chants at on Tuesday evening.

"What have they done coming out to a football match and come out with that about Nigel Doughty? They need to be ashamed of themselves," Cotterill said.

"God bless his soul Nigel Doughty, he was a top man for this football club, one of the best chairmen that has probably ever been in the Championship. Not just because of the way he funded it, but because Nottingham Forest was his life as well."

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