Blackpool face a legal battle to keep hold of midfielder Andrea Orlandi.
A row has erupted over a clause in Orlandi’s contract which could see the 30-year-old Spaniard leave for free.
Pool announced a month ago that the extension option in Orlandi’s contract had been activated, meaning he would remain at Bloomfield Road next season.
But The Gazette understands Orlandi’s deal also contained a release clause, which may have been triggered by mistake.
It appears the player was entitled to leave if Pool were relegated and he had played 23 full games, or 2070 minutes.
Former manager Lee Clark left Orlandi on the bench for the trip to Cardiff and dropped him altogether for the abandoned final game against Huddersfield, believing he was just under the 2070-minute limit.
However, Orlandi may already have exceeded the limit because Pool based its calculations on 90 minutes for a full game, not allowing for added time. It’s another administrative mess in a season in which just about everything went wrong for the Seasiders.
Orlandi is one of only three out-of-contract Pool players to have seen their extension options taken up so far. Jose Cubero and Nile Ranger are the others. Pool have until this weekend to activate option clauses.