More than 3,000 supporters of Blackpool Football Club have signed a petition calling for chairman, Karl Oyston to step down, reports the Blackpool Gazette.
The petition, set up by the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, stems from a season of turmoil at the football club, with Karl Oyston the main culprit for their downfall.
Most recently, Oyston was involved in a text row with a supporter, which Oyston was highlighted in the press using unpleasant responses towards the supporter.
The petition will be sent to The FA, The Football League and Blackpool FC owner Owen Oyston, and Blackpool fans will be hoping Karl Oyston will be forced to resign.
Blackpool find themselves bottom of the Championship, with Lee Clark currently in-charge of team affairs after the dismissal of Jose Riga.
Riga had many spats with Oyston during his short tenure as manager, but ultimately the fans say the problems lie with the chairman, and his lack of financial backing into the club with moving money around to his own companies, taking money out of the club.
A spokesperson for the Blackpool Supporters Trust said to the Blackpool Gazette: “BST would ask our members, Blackpool fans and all in the football community to sign the petition that requests Karl Oyston steps down from any position of influence in Blackpool FC immediately. This petition will be submitted to the FA and Football League as well as club owner Owen Oyston.
“We call upon Owen Oyston to remove Karl Oyston from any position of influence with immediate effect and re-establish a working relationship with Valeri Belokon (the club’s Latvian president, who also suggested the chairman should step down).
“It’s time the club started treating the fans and community of Blackpool with the respect they deserve.”
Protests have been ongoing by supporters at their previous games on Boxing Day away at Sheffield Wednesday, and on the 28th of December at home to Rotherham, where fans were removed for holding anti-Oyston banners.