FA set to confirm Oyston ban and fine

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The FA delayed announcing Karl Oyston’s punishment on five misconduct charges following a lengthy hearing today.

Gazette sources suggest Oyston may face a six-week ban from all football activity but may not be barred from entering from the club’s Bloomfield Road ground during that time, However, this was unconfirmed last night and an announcement is expected from the governing body on Wednesday.

Oyston also faces a hefty fine after he admitted the charges of using abusive/insulting language, aggravated by references to disability, in text messages sent to supporter Stephen Smith last year.

Oyston made a public statement at Christmas apologising for the texts, in which he branded Smith a‘retard’. He nonetheless issued an appeal against the five charges but this was rejected by an independent tribunal 12 days ago.

Blackpool are awaiting the outcome of separate investigations by the FA and Football League into last month’s pitch invasion which forced the abandonment of their final game of the season against Huddersfield.