FA must intervene as Blackpool situation threatens to get out of hand

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Considering that not so long ago we were raving about Blackpool making it into the Premier League, their current situation is something that fits lower league football.

With all due respect, invading the pitch in protest is not something you expect to see in the top division in any country really.

But now the fans have started to effect the club's pre-season it shows that this is now getting out of hand.


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Not only is it unfair to the players of Blackpool and whoever they are playing, or to the fans who have paid to go watch a relaxed game of football, but it shows a complete lack of respect to the whole process of club management.

The fans trust are trying to take control of the club, and they have every right to, but if the minority who are still invading pitches during friendlies against opposition of a much lower lever of football then what is that going to say about the Supporter's Trust? 

The continued invasions will only prolong the conflict between the Oyston family and the fans.

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The fact that Oyston has been so stubborn and stupid enough to have to be warned over a firearm incident last month and to have responded with abusive and foul texts to fans, I can't believe more hasn't been done to sort it out.

This wouldn't be tolerated higher up in the leagues, so Blackpool are getting further away from being back on their feet.

FA intervention

I hope that the fans get ownership of the club, at least for a season or two. They can then begin to rebuild the club enough for a new investor to come in and get them back to pushing for Championship playoff places.

But from an outside point of view, if the club is having to cancel friendlies in fear that another protest is planned, the FA needs to take the two sides by the scruff of the neck and sort it out.

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Like two naughty schoolboys who are fighting over how high the imaginary crossbar is on their lunchtime football pitch, the teacher needs to step in and impose the rules properly.

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