Oyston charged by FA over text message spat

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been charged by the Football Association in relation to a text message exchange with a supporter.

The FA stated that Oyston's alleged misconduct constituted five breaches of the governing body's rules and that each offence is deemed to be an "aggravated breach" as they included a reference to disability.

Oyston is said to have made abusive remarks towards Steve Smith, a member of the Tangerine Knights Supporters Group who was critical of the way the chairman is running Blackpool.

In the text message conversation Oyston is accused to have called Smith a "massive retard" and an "intellectual cripple", although he has since apologised.

Oyston has until March 30 to respond to the charge. Blackpool are bottom of the Championship.