Fan banned from Pool game after ex-player harassment charge

Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A LEADING member of a group of Blackpool Football Club supporters has been banned by a court from attending the club’s play-off match.

Karen McGuinness, who is vice-chairman of Blackpool’s Association of Supporters in London, is currently on bail charged with harassing former Blackpool player Michael Davies.

McGuinness, 51, of Capperneuk, Pitcaple, Aberdeen, has pleaded not guilty to harassing Mr Davies and his wife.

It is alleged McGuinness has followed Mr Davies, gone to his home in Thornton and Mr Davies’ workplace.

McGuinness has been bailed on the condition she does not contact the Davies’s or enter Lancashire.

An application to vary McGuinness’s bail conditions was made before Blackpool magistrates yesterday.

James Ball, defending, asked for his client to be allowed to enter Lancashire tomorrow to attend Blackpool’s home play-off game against Birmingham.

But Blackpool magistrates declined to vary McGuinness’s bail conditions.

Presiding magistrate, John Gibson, said: “This is a very important game for Blackpool. There could be contact between the parties.

“We can not put people in the position where contact could occur.”