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Blackpool chairman charged by FA over 'retard' texts

Oyston has been charged by the FA. Credit: PA

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been charged by the Football Association for text messages in which he called a supporter "a retard".

Back in December it emerged that Oyston had sent a series of text messages to fan Stephen Smith, who he told to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

Oyston later apologised for his part in the exchange, however the FA announced on Monday that the messages allegedly constituted five breaches of its rules and the Tangerines chief now has until 6pm on March 30 to respond to the charge.

"It is alleged that the misconduct constituted five breaches of FA rules, and that during the text message exchange, Mr Oyston used abusive and/or insulting words towards a supporter of Blackpool FC," the FA said in a statement.

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Wigan given survival hope, but Blackpool condemned

It was a bad day for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Kim Bo-kyung and Harry Maguire scored their first goals for Wigan in a vital 3-1 victory at fellow Championship strugglers Blackpool.

South Korea international Kim, who joined from Cardiff earlier in February, opened his Latics account just before the break and centre-back Maguire, on loan from Hull, added a second midway through the second half.

Winger James McClean then sealed the visitors' victory late on to leave Blackpool - who scored a late consolation through Gary Madine - routed to the bottom of the table, 15 points from safety.

Blackpool start work on 'disrespectful' pitch

Championship strugglers Blackpool have begun trying to rectify the desperate state of their pitch.

The Lancashire outfit have been criticised by players, managers and fans from other clubs who have had to play on the visibly poor surface.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said the state of the pitch was disrespectful to the other clubs.

Blackpool have been lambasted for their pitch. Credit: PA

Remedial pitch work is underway to improve the Bloomfield Road playing surface.

The club recently consulted the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and arranged for the organisation to survey the current condition of the pitch.

After discussions between Blackpool FC ground staff and the IOG, a process of remedial work - to include verti-draining and reseeding - will take place prior to the club's next home fixture against Wigan Athletic on Saturday 28 February.

The current pitch will then be completely ripped up in the off-season, ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

– Blackpool statement
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