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Blackpool's Karl Oyston handed six-week ban for 'retard' text message

Published 10/06/2015

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston banned from all football related activity for six weeks.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston banned from all football related activity for six weeks.

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 Football Association 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 until August 18.

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.

Tangerines chairman Oyston has also been handed a fine of £40,000, ordered to attend a mandatory education session and warned about his future conduct.

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