Silence surrounds Oyston charge deadline

Blackpool's Karl Oyston
Blackpool's Karl Oyston
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The deadline for Karl Oyston to respond to his misconduct charges had passed, but still there was no word from the FA last night.

The Blackpool chairman was given until 6pm on Monday to answer five charges following the FA’s investigation into Oyston’s abusive text messages to a supporter last December.

Neither the FA nor Blackpool FC offered comment yesterday when asked by The Gazette whether Oyston had chosen to appeal the charges.

The Gazette understands that Oyston, who is on holiday abroad, had considered requesting an extension to the deadline, though this too is unconfirmed.

Should the English game’s governing body find him guilty, Oyston could face a hefty fine and a ban from all football operations of up to six weeks.

And the Pool chairman’s long list of critics now includes Joey Barton.

The outspoken QPR midfielder was hugely critical of Oyston’s running of the club in a national radio discussion on Monday.

Barton, who went close to joining Fleetwood Town in 2012, accused Pool of failing to invest properly in players despite the huge cash windfall resulting from their season in the Premier League.