Blackpool chairman apologises for offensive messages to supporter

first_img1 Blackpool chairman apologises for offensive messages to supporter Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has issued a statement of apology for a series of abusive messages he sent to a supporter.Oyston has faced a backlash over the last 36 hours after a full sequence of texts he sent to a fan, named as Stephen Smith, were published by the Tangerine Knights supporters’ group.He became embroiled in a furious row with Smith, branding him “a retard” and telling him to ”enjoy the rest of your special needs day out”.Oyston is also reported to have told Smith to “f*** off back under whatever rock you reside under”.After being criticised by Blackpool fans and a number of organisations, Oyston responded by issuing an apology on the Blackpool website on Monday afternoon.It read: “I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence or distress caused by my text responses reported in the media recently.A number of supporters have been involved in protests against the ownership of the Championship club, who are bottom of the league and were thumped 6-1 at home by Bournemouth on Saturday.Oyston revealed he had received a number of abusive messages in recent weeks after his phone number was published online, though he conceded he should not have responded to Smith with such language.“I regret stooping to the level of those threatening and abusing my family,” Oyston added.“My mobile number was placed on a social media website recently and it led to a barrage of abuse about my mother, father, wife, children and myself.“In hindsight the aim of this was clear, and I foolishly opted to challenge some of the abuse, harassment and threats.“Given my position, I should have acted with more responsibility and reported the abusive text messages, phone calls and answer phone messages to the police, rather than get embroiled in such an exchange.”Oyston said he would make a donation to the club’s Community Trust, which works with a number of organisations that support disabled people.last_img

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