Belokon joins calls for Oyston to resign

Karl Oyston and Valeri Belokon
Karl Oyston and Valeri Belokon
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Valeri Belokon has called upon Karl Oyston to resign as Blackpool chairman.

The Latvian, who remains Club President at Bloomfield Road and owns a 20 per cent share in the club, spoke following a text row in which the chairman called a fan a “retard”.

Oyston has since apologised for the incident but his comments, including telling the 31-year-old to “enjoy your special needs day out” - have sparked anger among Blackpool’s fans.

And Belokon has broken his silence on the matter, revealing he will write to Oyston asking him to stand down.

“I would like that he goes as chairman,” said 54-year-old Belokon speaking to the BBC, “I will write to Karl Oyston that maybe he should go.”

Belokon and Oyston and had a public fall-out earlier in the year when the Latvian’s open letter slamming the running of Blackpool FC was followed by another public response from the club.

The Latvian has once again spoken of his desire to one day buy the club, and he’s also asked fans to write to the current chairman.

He said: “I would like to invite Blackpool fans to write and sign an open letter for exclusion of such an attitude towards football fans.”

There’s as yet no news from the Football League on the texting incident, which has failed to respond to numerous calls from The Gazette.

The Football Association confirmed it is aware of the row and will be reviewing the incident.