Replay Simon Blackburn’s live webchat

Councillor Simon Blackburn
Councillor Simon Blackburn
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COUNCILLOR Simon Blackburn dropped into The Gazette to take part in a live webchat.

Fury erupted today after Blackpool’s Labour leader branded the town’s Premier League heroes “donkey botherers”.

Coun Blackburn, who is aiming to become council leader in May’s local elections, made the defamatory comment about the Seasiders on social networking site Facebook during Saturday’s derby clash between Blackpool FC and Blackburn Rovers.

Seething fans took to online discussion forums demanding Coun Blackburn - a life-long Rovers fan - resign.

The councillor’s comment, which was made via his mobile phone minutes after skipper Charlie Adam had put the Seasiders 2-0 up in the crucial match, read: “Oh my actual God...the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever!”

Red-faced Coun Blackburn today apologised, claiming the posting was meant as a joke between football fans during the match.

And he’ll be answered your questions on Monday afternoon.

To replay the chat click the link on the right, or click the ‘Online features’ button in the ‘News’ section above.