Fund to support Blackpool fan smashes £20,000 target

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A campaign to raise money for a Blackpool supporter sued by the Oyston family has smashed through it’s £20,000 target.

An online fund-raising page to help pensioner Frank Knight, who issued a public apology for comments made about the club and its directors, it reached the £20,000 early this morning after an anonymous £3,000 boosted the appeal over night.

It follows comments he posted on his Facebook page – to just a handful of people – last year, which he accepted were defamatory to the club and its directors, Karl and Owen Oyston.

The latest development in the club’s off-the-field drama follows the ongoing legal disputes with another fan ,David Ragozzino, and online forum Back Henry Street, as well as two other cases that ended with a public apology.

The idea to raise the funds was the brain child of life-long Pool fan Joe Atherton, who started the appeal despite having never met Mr Knight.

Fans from all over the world contributed to the fund including contributions from rival Preston North End supporters.

Last April, just days after Mr Knight posted the allegedly defamatory comments on Facebook, chairman Karl Oyston told The Gazette he had started legal proceedings against fans in order to protect his family.

Blackpool FC has declined to comment further on the matter.