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Blackpool owner Karl Oyston’s son made to pay £20k in damages to fan



Sam Oyston, son of Blackpool owner Karl, has been made to pay £20,000 in damages and has issued an apology after accusing a fan he was a thief over social media.

The turmoil at Blackpool continues

The turmoil at Blackpool continues

Karl Oyston’s son is the manager of the club’s hotel and wrongly alleged that fan Andy Grice was a thief in February last year on his twitter feed regarding Mr Grice’s time working at the Paris Casino, situated down the road from Bloomfield Road.

Oyston said: “@andy grice…How come you left the casino? Or is it a touchy subject? #stickyfingers”

His allegation came after an incident in June 2013, when Paris Casino boss Pierre Coulon was convicted of rigging a roulette game to allow a friend to win £500.

Following the message, Mr Grice asked Mr Oyston to retract his allegation however he refused and in a later tweet Oyston referenced Mr Grice’s username on a fans forum confirming he would not apologise.

Oyston said in a statement on the matter: “Mr Grice has been employed for many years in casinos in both in Blackpool and other locations and his honesty and integrity are of the utmost importance. I accept that my tweet would have been understood as alleging that Mr Grice was guilty of theft. That allegation is completely false and unfounded and I retract it.

“I also apologise unreservedly to Mr Grice for the damage and distress my actions have caused. I have agreed to pay Mr Grice damages and his legal costs in the total sum of £20,000.”

Following a series of disputes between the Oystons and supporters, it is the first time a fan has been awarded damages from a member of the Oyston family.

Blackpool were relegated to Sky Bet League One at the beginning of April, in what has been an abysmal Championship campaign for the Tangerines on-and-off the pitch.

Blackpool fans….. What do you make of this news? Just what else can happen at Blackpool? Has it been a farce this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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