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Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston calls in police over 'death threats'

Death threats - Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Credit: PA Pictures

The Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston has called in the police to investigate on-line death threats made against him and his family.

Mr Oyston has also instructed lawyers to begin taking action against supporters who have reportedly posted insulting messages which he claims have 'overstepped' the mark on fan forums.

The chairman and his family have been under fire from fans who claim the way they are managing the Championship side has left them in the relegation zone.

The posts followed Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat by Lancashire rivals Burnley on Good Friday, which saw fans halt the game as they threw tennis balls and tangerines onto the pitch

Oyston told his local newspaper, the Blackpool Gazette: ''Some of the threats are so unbelievable that I’ve got to do something about it.”

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He may not be in the dug-out for Blackpool’s match on Saturday, but the fans are making sure that Paul Ince’s face is certainly on show – with 10,000 of them wearing face masks for Blackpool's Championship game against Wigan.

The resort’s media organisations 96.5 Radio Wave and Blackpool Gazette have joined forces to produce the cut-outs of the manager’s face that will be distributed just before kick-off this weekend.

Ince has received a five-game stadium ban by the Football Association after an incident in mid-September when the Seasiders were playing Bournemouth.

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