Blackpool hit with points deduction by FA

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Blackpool have been hit with a three-point deduction following a pitch invasion which caused last season's match against Huddersfield Town to be abandoned.

In the 48th minute with the score at 0-0 between the two sides on the final day of last season, the hundreds of Blackpool supporters staged an on-field protest against the club's owners.

The FA hit the club with a £50,000 fine last week and yesterday confirmed that a points deduction was to be added to their seemingly endless list of concerns.


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The Tangerines have been warned that should another match be disrupted by their fans they would be forced to play a competitive match behind closed doors.

Blackpool responded to these charges with a strongly worded statement: "For the avoidance of doubt, the club will not stand by and allow the actions of a minority continue to hamper football being played.

"The club will hand out stadium bans to those involved in pitch invasions to date and pursue civil proceedings for damages, as well as further injunctions to include powers of arrest should anybody under the terms of a banning order attempt to enter the stadium."

The Lancashire club also hit back at the Blackpool Gazette via a statement on their website to correct their "latest lazy and misleading article... this time relating to season ticket sales" and announced that over 4,600 season tickets had been sold for the upcoming season.

The statement added that 2,886 season tickets were sold during the club's last League One campaign which was in 2009-10 and that the paper was wrong to report that 13,000 season tickets were sold by the club in the Premier League.

Following the points deduction Blackpool are best priced 2/1 to be relegated. Neil McDonald's side kick-off the season with a trip to Colchester on Saturday.

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