Pool denies credit card problem

Blackpool Football Club secretary Matt Williams
Blackpool Football Club secretary Matt Williams
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BLACKPOOL Football Club has denied it had two credit cards declined - days after announcing record £20.9m profits - as players checked into their Peterborough hotel this weekend.

Reports claimed the club’s cards were rejected on Friday afternoon when the team arrived at the Marriott Hotel and asked for their room keys.

But Blackpool FC’s club secretary Matt Williams has blamed a technical fault at the hotel for the hold-up.

He told The Gazette: “There was a technical glitch at check in which was resolved within 20 minutes of the team arriving.

“The hotel and manager apologised for the embarrassment caused and it was just a technical issue that was resolved pretty much immediately after we arrived.”

National newspapers had reported the club was forced to send an official from Bloomfield Road to resolve the problem.

The Marriott Hotel declined to comment on the story.

The news follows The Gazette’s in-depth look at Blackpool Football club’s accounts, which showed a payment of £11m to club owner Owen Oyston through his personal service company Zabaxe Ltd, following the club’s Premier League promotion. The amount is more than Wayne Rooney was paid by Manchester United, and reportedly higher than any other Premier League director’s remuneration.