Oyston apologises for fan text row

Blackpool owner Karl Oyston
Blackpool owner Karl Oyston
Share this article
Have your say

Karl Oyston has apologised after becoming embroiled in an extraordinary text row with a disgruntled Blackpool fan.

The Blackpool chairman caused outrage after calling Pool supporter Steve Smith a “retard” and “intellectual cripple” after being questioned on the running of the club.

The text conversation, seen by The Gazette, starts reasonably conciliatory but descends into a lengthy expletive-ridden exchange between the South Shore father-of-three and the phone belonging to Oyston.

Mr Smith, 31, accuses Oyston of being clueless who is then accused of responding by saying: “Sorry your life is so (expletive), but that’s only your fault not mine.

“Enjoy the rest of your special needs day out.”

And today he’s released a statement on the club’s website to apologise, he said:

“I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence or distress caused by my text responses reported in the media recently. I regret stooping to the level of those threatening and abusing my family.

My mobile number was placed on a social media website recently and it led to a barrage of abuse about my mother, father, wife, children and myself. In hindsight the aim of this was clear, and I foolishly opted to challenge some of the abuse, harassment and threats.

Given my position, I should have acted with more responsibility and reported the abusive text messages, phone calls and answer phone messages to the police, rather than get embroiled in such an exchange.

At Blackpool FC we pride ourselves on our work in the community, and I wouldn’t want my unacceptable comments to detract from the fantastic work being done by our Community Trust.

The Community Trust works with a number of organisations to support making as many opportunities for people with disabilities, including Warren Manor Day Care Centre, Age UK, the Wheelchair Football Association and Sport England, as well as special schools on the Fylde Coast.

As such, I will be making a donation to the Community Trust to assist in the continued funding of these projects.”