BARNSLEY midfielder Stephen Dawson has apologised after confronting a Reds supporter in the away end after the final whistle on Saturday.

The Irishman had to be restrained by team-mates after being involved in an altercation with a visiting fan and has now apologised for his actions and made a 'significant donation' to Barnsley Hospice.

Angry fans - who had witnessed the Reds lose 5-0 to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield - let their feelings be known with a chorus of boos.

The club issued a statement on their website and apologised to travelling fans. It said: "As a club, we do not condone any provocative actions from any of its employees and would like to further apologise for any offence caused.

"Having the backing of our supporters is of paramount importance, especially as we head into the final months of our current campaign.

"Stephen Dawson has apologised unreservedly for his actions."

Brek Shea, who allegedly signalled a hand gesture towards Barnsley fans, is currently away on international duty with the USA.

The club confirmed the incident is under investigation and a further statement will be made.