Oyston beats FA ban...by putting his wife in charge

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has stayed close to home in appointing a stand-in for the six weeks of his FA ban ... his wife.

Vicki Oyston has been authorised as a signatory for any signings the Seasiders make in his absence.

The chairman’s punishment for misconduct, which came into force a week ago, sees him barred from any involvement in football business.

Football League rules require two signatures for any player registration – one from the club secretary and another from a nominated senior figure.

It is believed Oyston rushed through an application for his wife, who was required to meet ‘fit and proper person’ criteria.

The move has raised eyebrows among supporters, and not only because Mrs Oyston has no experience of or apparent interest in football.

Oyston’s father Owen, the club owner, is already an approved board member and would have been the more obvious replacement as signatory.