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Blackpool fans hold protest outside Karl Oyston’s home



Around 60 Blackpool fans held a protest outside the home of chairman Karl Oyston, reports the Blackpool Gazette

Oyston has come under pressure from Blackpool fans

Oyston has come under pressure from Blackpool fans

The demonstration, organised by the group Tangerine Knights, was held outside the Oyston family home near Waddington, Lancashire.

The group visited two pubs in the rural area and have been accused of being verbally abusive by Kathy Smith, the landlady of the Parkers Arms in Newton-in-Bowland.

Ms Smith told the Gazette she had to temporarily close the pub and that an orange smoke bomb was let off outside the pub once they were told to leave.

“The fans seem to think me and Karl are friends when I only know of him by sight.” said Smith.

“Since 2007, I don’t think I have served him more than 10 times, the fans for some reason think he has me in his back pocket.”

“Some fans came very abusive once I told them they had to leave as we were unable to serve food to people who had booked tables.

“An orange smoke bomb was thrown outside and they made a large amount of noise, I did lose a few customers as a result.

“Not all the fans were a problem and I understand they might have an issue with Karl but we are a small rural pub that relies on selling food and we were unable to do that for some time on our busiest day.”

But Paul Heathcote, landlord of the Higher Buck in Waddington, said there was no trouble at his pub when the group visited.

Tangerine Knights member Steven Smith, who was not at the protest but helped in its organisation said: “The idea was protest peacefully but to bring the fight to Karl’s front door and show him we are not giving up.”

The club revealed annual profits last month of more than £9m.

Blackpool supporters have held a number of protests against the club’s owners as the Tangerines have headed towards League One football next season.

It has truly been an abysmal season for Lee Clark’s men both on and off the pitch, but relegation to League One could be what they need to revitalise themselves.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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