UPDATED: Pool fans launch tangerines in planned protest

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Blackpool fans launched hundreds of tennis balls and fruit on to a pitch in a planned protest against chairman Karl Oyston during the club’s clash with Burnley.

Objects including tennis balls and tangerines were lobbed on to the Bloomfield Road pitch shortly after Michael Kightly put promotion-chasing Burnley one-up in the 49th minute.

The game was halted for a number of minutes while the objects were removed from the playing surface.

An angry looking Barry Ferguson joined other players in throwing the balls and tangerines off the pitch.

The Gazette’s Will Watt tweeted: “The game has been delayed here after Pool fans threw around 200 tennis balls onto the pitch in protest of Karl Oyston’s running of the club.”

Two fans wearing anti-Oyston shirts also ran on to the pitch before Blackpool’s assistant manager Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands by referee Michael Oliver after an altercation with substitute Stephen Dobbie on the touchline.

“There is no problem,” Ferguson said after the full-time whistle.

“Tensions are a bit high; I have no problem with that. They are both passionate guys.”

While Ferguson can claim there is no problem inside the Blackpool dressing room, the acidic nature of the fans’ feeling towards Oyston will only increase if Millwall win on Saturday and send the Seasiders in to the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom three.

The Scot claims he understands their frustrations but was disappointed they decided to show their anger during the second half.

“The fans have got every right to demonstrate if they don’t like the chairman or the board,” Ferguson said.

“I would just rather they do it before the game or after the game. At that stage, we were on top of them.

“It doesn’t affect me. The fans have been great with me and showed their support for the boys.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PITCH PROTEST? Email katie.upton@blackpoolgazette.co.uk




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