FA ask for Oyston’s side of text row

Blackpool's Karl Oyston
Blackpool's Karl Oyston
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Karl Oyston has until Thursday to submit his side of the story to the Football Association as they investigate his text message row with a supporter.

The Gazette revealed last month how the Blackpool chairman was contacted by Blackpool fan Steve Smith via text, questioning his running of the club in a series of lengthy messages.

The text conversation descended 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.”

He later referred to the supporter as an “retard” and “intellectual cripple”.

The story prompted the Football Association to reveal they were investigating the messages which could lead to a misconduct charge.

And they’ve now called upon Oyston to give his thoughts, with Thursday the set deadline.

A statement said: Having only recently come into possession of all the relevant material, The FA has sought the observations of Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston in relation to text messages he is alleged to have sent to a third party. “