Oyston appeals FA misconduct charge

Karl Oyston watches the game
Karl Oyston watches the game
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Karl Oyston has appealed against the five FA misconduct charges against him.

The Blackpool chairman was charged on March 23 for using language deemed offensive in texts to a supporter last December.

Oyston apologised publicly for the texts, in which he called supporter Steven Smith a ‘retard’ and told him to ‘enjoy your special needs day out’.

The chairman was charged by the FA after a three-month investigation and granted extra time to respond.

The deadline expired last week but Oyston is believed to have appealed against the charges. An independent panel will now decide the outcome.

If found guilty, Oyston is likely to face a fine and a lengthy ban from all football activity.

Many supporters have grown disillusioned with events on and off the field during a tumultuous season at Bloomfield Road.

In recent months, thousands have joined protests against Oyston’s running of the club, with the team now 14 points adrift at the bottom of the Championship, having been relegated a fortnight ago.