Football: Lofty in the dock as Wolves fans protest

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The Bolton Wanderers mascot, Lofty the Lion (left), has been told to carry on entertaining the Burnden Park crowd by the First Division club - despite allegations that he has intimidated rival fans. The incident allegedly occurred during Bolton's home game with Wolves on Saturday, and Wolves supporters are understood to be writing to the Football Association to lodge a complaint. "Lofty is very upset by any suggestion that he helped cause a problem," Bolton's chief executive, Des McBain, said yesterday. "He is there to create a bit of fun. His performances have been enjoyed by home and away fans alike"

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