Pool awarded a point from abandoned match

Pool fans occupy the pitch to end  the Huddersfield game
Pool fans occupy the pitch to end the Huddersfield game
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Blackpool no longer stand alone as the worst team in Championship history after the Football League awarded them a point from their abandoned home game against Huddersfield on May 2.

The scoreline stood at 0-0 when protesting Blackpool fans invaded the pitch three minutes into the second half on the final day of the Championship season, forcing the referee to call a halt to the match.

At its meeting in London today, the League’s board of directors decided that the 0-0 scoreline should stand, meaning both sides take a point from the game.

Pool had previously stood on 25 points, the lowest ever for a 46-game season in English football’s second tier.

However, the extra point moves them level with the Stockport County’s 26-point tally in 2001-2.

Pool must now wait on any disciplinary action after being charged by the League with failing to fulfil a fixture.

The Football League released this statement to explain its decision: “The Board took the view that the 0-0 scoreline that stood at the time of the game’s abandonment (in the 48th minute) should be officially recorded as the final result of the match, as it believes that league points should always be earned on the field of play.

“In addition, the Board agreed to charge Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission in due course.

“In making its judgment the FDC will be asked to consider any matters relating to compensation to Huddersfield Town and ticket refunds to supporters.

“The Board also asked its executive to review the League’s regulations regarding abandonments to ensure that any such matches can always be played to a conclusion or replayed altogether if deemed necessary.”

The decision will disappoint Huddersfield Town, who had hoped to be awarded all three points and so climb above neighbours Leeds into 15th place in the final table.