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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:

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.

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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.

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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Woman spat on and thrown to the ground in racist assault

Police in Blackpool are appealing for witnesses following a racist assault.

A 35-year-old Asian woman and her family were outside Coral Island on the Promenade on Saturday 25 April when she was approached by a group of people who made racist remarks towards her.

One member of the group threw her to the ground and spat on her.

“This was a despicable incident which has understandably left the victim extremely upset. We do not tolerate any instances of racism and an investigation into what happened is already underway. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have any information that could assist with our enquiries to contact us.”

– DC 3091 Duncan Worsley of Blackpool CID

A 28 year old man and two women aged 33 and 20, all from Birmingham, have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail.

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