Oyston reveals points deduction threat

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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KARL Oyston has revealed the threat of a points deduction prevented the Seasiders from appealing against their Premier League fine.

Pool were fined £25,000 after making ten team changes for the 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa in November, prompting manager Ian Holloway to threaten to resign.

Chairman Oyston had intended to appeal the decision but was informed that a failed appeal could result in an increased fine or even the deduction of points.

“I really, really don’t want to open a can of worms that could go further against us,” Oyston revealed. For the sake of £25,000, I am not prepared to take the risk of an increased fine or even a points deduction.

“I would not want to preside over a points deduction. I am not going to risk the future of the club and its survival in the Premier League.

“I’m sure the Premier League will use the £25,000 in their charity work, so I see it as a contribution to charity really.”

Although his side have failed to win in six games, Oyston believes Pool are well placed to preserve their all-important Premier League status.

He said: “It’s a very nervy time at the moment. We have all got to stick together and do our bit.

“When you look at it objectively, we are fantastically placed and our future is in our own hands.

“It really is a time for a rallying calls. We have 12 games to go and our own destiny in our hands. I think it’s vitally important that we hold our nerve.

“If you stick together, as we always do, and give it our best shot we can do no more.”