Blackpool points deduction fears

Blackpool fan staged a pitch invasion on the final day of the season
Blackpool fan staged a pitch invasion on the final day of the season
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Blackpool could start next season with a points deduction, or even be forced to play behind closed doors.

A Football League committee charged the club with failing to fulfil a fixture earlier this week following the abandonment of the final game of the season against Huddersfield.

While 0-0 draw was confirmed as the result, the Football League will again meet to decide on a punishment for the Seasiders which could have major consequences for the start of next season.

If found guilty, which is expected, Pool are likely to face a huge fine and points deduction, although it’s understood the latter could be suspended.

On top of the Football League’s inquiry, the Football Association has also asked Blackpool for their observations on the incident and themselves are likely to charge the club.

The FA has the power to rule Blackpool must play behind closed doors at the start of the season, should they feel safety procedures failed enough to cause a danger to players.

Chairman Karl Oyston met with the Football Association yesterday to discuss a number of issues, just a day after the Football League’s AGM.

His time in London saw the managerial search slow down a little, with talks expected to continue over the weekend.

As well as talking to former boss Ian Holloway, it’s believed at least three more potential new managers have held talks with the Pool chairman.