Blackpool supporters stage vigil on ‘shabby anniversary’ of Belokon v Oyston High Court ruling

Supporters held a vigil outside Bloomfield Road last night on the first anniversary of the Valeri Belokon vs the Oystons High Court ruling over the running of Blackpool FC.

Twelve months on from the judgement, more than £20 million of the £31.2m settlement, awarded after a judge found the Latvian businessman to have suffered unfair prejudice after a bitter High Court battle, is still to be paid.

November 6th marks one year since the High Court ruling, and in an event to mark what has been described as a ‘shabby anniversary’, the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust arranged for fans to gather outside the stadium to show that their fight goes on.

A spokesperson for the BST said: ‘’The club, the fans, the town of Blackpool are still being let down.

‘’Blackpool FC is playing away at Gillingham this evening but outside Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, protesters have been holding a vigil to highlight the continuing plight of our football club and the failure of the football authorities to acknowledge or act upon the seismic ruling of a year ago. 

‘’Fans held up all 163 pages of Justice Marcus Smith's forensic ruling against the Oystons, who have illegitimately stripped our football club, have sued fans who dared to suggest they had done such a thing and have cynically overseen the managed decline of a club that was in the Premier League only seven years ago.

‘’It is a disgraceful situation and the ethical boycott by thousands of fans will continue until there is regime change at Blackpool FC.’’

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