Oyston banned and fined

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston will serve a six-week ban from all football activity for the text-message exchange in which he branded one supporter “a retard”, the FA has announced.

The FA has levied sanctions on Oyston for the ‘abusive and insulting text messages’ he sent Seasiders fan Stephen Smith back in November and which emerged in the public domain one month later.

Oyston’s attempt to have the charge dismissed on account of the fact it was a private matter was rebuked in May and he will now begin a ban on July 8.

That six-week period is the same length former Wigan chairman Dave Whelan served at the start of the year for his comments about Jewish and Chinese people. Oyston has also been fined £40,000, ordered to attend a mandatory education session and warned about his future conduct.