Fan to pay £5000 after Oystons sue

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A Blackpool FC supporter has been given four weeks to pay £5,000 to the club’s Community Trust after legal action was taken against him over alleged comments about the Oyston family.

The fan was accused by the club’s owners of making “false, defamatory and in some cases threatening” comments about them on an internet fans’ forum.

A club statement says the supporter has agreed to withdraw his alleged comments, said to have been made on fansonline.net between April and August last year, has apologised for any offence caused and has agreed to pay £5,000 to Blackpool FC Community Trust in lieu of damages and legal costs.

He has been given 28 days from January 28 to pay.

The statement adds: “The club regrets that it was left with no alternative but to take legal action regarding this matter, yet (is) satisfied a sensible and proportionate outcome has been reached.”

The Gazette reported on January 8 that the Oystons had begun legal proceedings against supporters over internet comments, one of who had been sued for £150,000.

Oyston is currently awaiting the results of an FA investigation into a text message conversation with a supporter during which he referred to him as a ‘retard’.