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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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  1. Ashley Derricott, ITV News

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:

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

Credit: PA Images

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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Blackpool's new boss looks to the future

The new man in charge at Bloomfield Road says he wants to get Blackpool back to where they were but its going to be a huge challenge. Blackpool have hired former West Ham assistant Neil McDonald as their new manager.

Neil McDonald worked with Sam Allardyce at West Ham Credit: Blackpool Football Club

The Seasiders, will start next season in League One following their relegation out of the Championship. And McDonald knows he'll have his work cut out giving the scale of problems at the club culminating in a pitch invasion by disgruntled fans at the end of last season. He has only seven professionals under contract - and there is no senior goalkeeper on the club's books so he'll have to build a squad virtually from scratch.

"I've got to try and put my stamp on the football club and get it back to where it was. I've got to try and stabilise it first of all after what happened last year with relegation and change people's minds to try and get the confidence back and push the club on to pastures new."

– Neil McDonald, Blackpool Manager

Blackpool appoint Neil McDonald as manager

McDonald, 49, joins the club from Premier League side West Ham United, where he has spent the past four years as assistant manager to Sam Allardyce.

"This is a great opportunity for me, it's a massive football club in my opinion and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," McDonald told the Club's website.

"It's a challenge that's going to be difficult - wherever you go it's always difficult - but it's a challenge that I'm really up for and really excited about.

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