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Blackpool fans raise £20,000 for pensioner’s legal fees

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Blackpool fans have gathered together to raise £20,000 for a pensioner who has agreed to pay damages after making comments on Facebook about the club’s owners.

Blackpool fave raised funds to help out

Blackpool fave raised funds to help out

Frank Knight, 67, made comments online about the Blackpool chairman, Karl Oyston, and the owner, Owen Oyston, but was asked to apologise and pay a five-figure sum to prevent the matter from going to court.

After hearing of Mr Knight’s situation, his fellow Tangerines fans decided to set up a fundraising page and they reached their £20,000 target in three days.

A statement from Mr Knight on the gofundme.com page read, “Thank you to all Blackpool fans for digging deep, and football fans of other clubs throughout the land (and world!).

“I’ve been in contact with the Knight family and they want me to express their gratitude to every single one of you that’s donated and promoted this campaign.”

Frank Knight is not the only supporter to have been threatened with legal action. In February the Oyston’s launched a case against Back Henry Street, a supporters forum, over six allegedly critical  messages made about the pair.

David Ragozzino was also given three weeks to respond to a claim for £150,000 damages from the club over a post made on another website, Another View From the Tower.

But the organisers of Mr Knight’s fundraising campaign have announced that they want to help the other fellow Blackpool fans out.

“Frank’s total [may have] been reached but the fight continues,” read the statement.

“Frank has given his full support to keep this fund going to help other Blackpool fans served with legal fees similar to himself. Steven Sharpe, Tim Fielding and David Ragozzino all face huge legal fees to pay and I think it would be a great legacy for Frank to keep going to help these fans out in THEIR hour of need.”


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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