‘Premier League player’ forced to apologise to Oyston

Karl Oyston in the stands at a recent Blackpool game
Karl Oyston in the stands at a recent Blackpool game
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A former Premier League footballer is the latest person to issue an apology to the Oyston family – according to Blackpool’s chairman.

The Seasiders’ owners have issued a number of legal letters against fans, media and now players as they battle against comments made about their running of the club.

The Gazette understands action against the then Premier League player followed comments made during a broadcast on BBC Radio 5Live last season.

It is believed the unnamed star, who is now playing in the Championship, apologised as part of an out of court settlement earlier this year.

The threat of action against the BBC is understood to have been dropped after an agreement was reached with the player in question.

The latest revelations were made as Karl Oyston met with members of the Fans’ Progress Group and were detailed in minutes of that meeting.

The Gazette has been given access to those minutes.

Oyston has kept himself out of the public eye for more than a year now after being involved in a text row with a supporter, but confirmed the action in a meeting with a Pool supporters’ group.

When asked by the Fans’ Progress Group about any impending legal action, Oyston said: “Action against BBC 5Live for comments made by a Premier League player has finished following an apology from the player.”

A number of Blackpool supporters have joined the player in settling legal action out of court, although David Ragozzino was last month ordered to pay Karl and Owen Oyston £20,000 each after making defamatory remarks online.

When asked by the supporters’ group if he intended to drop the settlement awarded to him, Oyston said he wouldn’t consider it.

The Pool chairman said: “No, some of the abuse was vile, in person and on email and text.”

The BBC declined to comment on the story.