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Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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Blackpool Supporters Trust make £23 million bid to buy football club

It's been a football club often in the headlines over recent months and today there was a new twist in the story of Blackpool FC.

The Supporters Trust have made a £23 million offer to buy it from the owners, the Oyston family.

The Trust describes the bid as serious and substantive, although there's been no response from the club itself.

Ralph Blunsom reports.

Blackpool fans in bid to buy club

Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston Credit: PA Images

Blackpool fans will make a move to buy the football club today. They're unhappy at the way the club is currently being run by the Oyston family.

It's been a turbulent few months for the relegated club, the manager Lee Clarke quit after they went down to League One. The fans have protested a number of times and even invaded the pitch on the final game of the season to show their disdain for the owners.

Last month Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston was banned from all football activity for six weeks and fined £40,000 for sending abusive texts to a fan.

Today the Blackpool Supporters' Trust will deliver a bid to the club and hold a press conference later this morning.

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Six week ban and anger management for Blackpool's Karl Oyston after rowing with a fan

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been banned from all football activity for six weeks and fined £40,000 for sending abusive texts to a fan.

Oyston also labelled supporter Steve Smith an intellectual cripple during a frank text message exchange.

An inquiry was launched in December but Oyston denied the charge and challenged it as 'unlawful', claiming the texts were private.

Ashley Derricott reports:

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Blackpool's Karl Oyston banned for six weeks over abusive and insulting text messages to fan

Karl Oyston Credit: Press Association.

Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston has been suspended from all football and football activity for six weeks and fined £40,000.

He was sanctioned by the Fooitball Association for five breaches of aggravated misconduct after sending 'abusive and insulting' text messages, with references to disability, to a Blackpool FC supporter in November last year.

The FA said Oyston had admitted the charges and an independent Regulatory Commission ordered the suspension to begin on 8 July 2015 up to and including 18 August.

Oyston was alleged to have called a Blackpool fan "a retard" during the exchanges.

The FA launched an inquiry last December following a complaint by supporter Stephen Smith and in March charged Oyston with using "abusive and/or insulting words", with reference to disability.

Oyston denied the charge and challenged it as "unlawful", claiming the texts were private and had occurred outside business hours in response to unsolicited contact.

The suspension bans him from any football activity as Chairman, including prevention of his attendance at any Blackpool FC match during the period, either competitive or friendlies.

There is no order that requires Mr Oyston to dispose of his equity in the club or resign as a director.

He has also been ordered to undergo a mandatory education session and warned as to his future conduct, the FA said.

Blackpool owner at FA hearing over 'retard' tweet

Karl Oyston called Blackpool fan 'a retard' Credit: PA

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is facing a Football Association disciplinary hearing today for sending insulting texts to a supporter.

Oyston, 47, has admitted to five breaches of FA rules for a text message exchange in which he called a Blackpool fan "a retard".

The FA launched an inquiry last December following a complaint by supporter Stephen Smith and in March charged Oyston with using "abusive and/or insulting words", with reference to disability.

Oyston denied the charge and challenged it as "unlawful", claiming the texts were private and had occurred outside business hours in response to unsolicited contact..

But the FA announced at the end of last month that Oyston's appeal had been dismissed by an arbitral tribunal and disciplinary proceedings would continue.

FA rule E3 is the same one former Wigan chairman Dave Whelan breached late last year.

Whelan accepted a charge of improper conduct following his comments about Jewish and Chinese people and was suspended from all football activity for six weeks and fined #50,000. He was also ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme.

Oyston's text row with Smith occurred after the chairman's mobile number had been posted on a social media website.

The chairman later apologised for his texts, in which he called Smith a "retard" and told him to "enjoy your special needs day out", via a statement on the club's website.

Oyston accepts FA charge of using abusive language with reference to disability

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has admitted using abusive language towards a supporter with reference to disability.

The FA charges arise from a text message exchange where Mr Oyston used abusive and/or insulting words towards a supporter of Blackpool FC, which were aggravated by a reference to disability.

An FA hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9 June.

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