Orient fans get go-ahead to attend Seasiders' clash

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Leyton Orient fans will be allowed to attend Saturday's important League Two match with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road

There had been speculation that Orient fans could be excluded after fears of disruption during the fixture, but that is not the case, the English Football League has stated,
The EFL has confirmed that a revised allocation of 1000 tickets (from 1700) will be made available to Orient fans planning to attend.

Blackpool need to win to reach the end-of-season play-offs, while the Londoners have already been relegated.

Ticket sales had been temporarily suspended on Monday after Blackpool had raised some concerns to the EFL executive.

However, following extensive discussions and representations made by relevant parties throughout the course of Tuesday, an agreement has been reached that delivers on the EFL’s objective to ensure both sets of spectators can attend the match live.

The EFL statement said: "All remaining tickets sold to Leyton Orient supporters between now and Saturday’s kick-off will be done so only on the basis that the purchaser is a current 2016/17 Season Ticket holder or a member of the Leyton Orient Fans Trust .

All tickets sold prior to Monday’s suspension of sale remain valid.

An EFL Spokesman said: “We are delighted we have been able to find an amicable solution to this particular issue and would like to place on record our thanks to all those parties who have assisted the EFL in achieving the outcome.”

Last Saturday's clash between Orient and Colchester was suspended five minutes from time following a pitch invasion and sit-down protest by O's fans against owner Francesco Becchetti.

The protests lasted for more than an hour before the crowd were told the game had been abandoned and the stadium eventually cleared. However, the match was re-started almost two hours after it had been initially suspended and the final minutes were played out in front of empty stands.

Blackpool's Sky Bet Championship match with Huddersfield back in May 2015 was abandoned following a pitch invasion by hundreds of protesting home fans, and there were fears a repeat could be on the cards when the two clubs meet at Bloomfield Road at the weekend.