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Blackpool protests
Protesting fans brought the match to a halt after 48 minutes

Blackpool's game with Huddersfield Town at Bloomfield Road was abandoned after 48 minutes following a pitch invasion by protesting home fans.

With the score 0-0, hundreds of supporters came on to the field, forcing referee Mick Russell to take the players off the pitch.

The game was held up for more than an hour before a decision was made to call the fixture off.

It is not known if the match will be replayed at a later date.

A Football League spokesman said: "Following the abandonment of today's match at Bloomfield Road, it will be for the Football Association to consider any matters relating to crowd behaviour, with the Football League ruling on whether or not the match should be replayed."

Before the match, 2,000 Blackpool fans protested outside the ground against the club's owners, the Oyston family.

The Seasiders have already been relegated from the Championship and have endured a miserable season, collecting just 25 points from their 45 games before Saturday's final match of the campaign.

Saturday's protest was the second in just under a month at Bloomfield Road, after home fans threw fireworks and eggs during their draw against Reading.

Blackpool protests
Hundreds of supporters congregated in the centre circle at Bloomfield Road

Shortly after half-time, Blackpool supporters made their way on to the pitch and headed towards the centre circle.

Some fans released flares and began angrily chanting towards the Oyston family in the directors' area, as tensions rose inside the stadium.

The scene soon became somewhat farcical, as one fan entered the pitch to join the protest on a mobility scooter, while others broke out in a conga line as supporters continued to voice their frustrations.

Despite pleas from the referee to restart the match, the protesting fans stood firm and the match was eventually called off on safety grounds after over an hour of on-field protesting.

Before the game was abandoned, the visitors were twice denied an opening goal as Joe Lolley and former Blackpool striker Ishmael Miller had their efforts stopped by Elliot Parish.

Parish was called into action again shortly afterwards to deny Oscar Gobern's well-directed header, before Peter Clarke's long-range shot nearly gave the home side the lead against the run of play.

Jamie O'Hara forced a save from visiting goalkeeper Alex Smithies before the pitch invasion ended the match.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark: "It just compounds an absolutely horrendous season. The supporters were just acting on this season and the culmination of the relegation.

"Frustration has been building up over a period of time. It's a very, very disappointing day. I love football and I love working in the industry ever since I left school, and I didn't want to be involved in anything like this.

"I have the feelings of a supporter and I'll never criticise them. Since I came through the door there has been a very toxic atmosphere and you can't be successful with that.

"We kept chatting to the referee and the officials and match commander, but we couldn't determine what was going to happen or how long we'd have to wait before it was abandoned and what would the sanction be.

"Is the game going to be replayed? No-one knows as it's a unique situation."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell: "I feel sorry for our fans first off, coming all this way. I'm sure some will have come last night and paid for accommodation and they were all in a good mood.

"What happened is something that I've never seen before. It's unprecedented and what's going to happen now?

"To be fair to the referee, he was a little bit in shock but handled it well and got advice from safety officers and the head of police. They tried their best to get the game back on but in the end they couldn't guarantee our safety.

"It's strange to end the season this way. There's talk of replaying it but half my team go away on Tuesday so I really don't know what is going to happen. I don't know how they are going to do it."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 6ClarkeBooked at 41mins
  • 48O'DeaBooked at 30mins
  • 17Addison
  • 3MaherSubstituted forCameronat 20'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 22Cubero
  • 31O'Hara
  • 18Dunne
  • 34Telford
  • 14Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 20Oliver
  • 25Ferguson
  • 40Cameron
  • 41Higham
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osayi-Samuel

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4Hudson
  • 33Lynch
  • 18Lolley
  • 10Coady
  • 28Gobern
  • 8Butterfield
  • 3James
  • 9Vaughan
  • 11Miller

Substitutes

  • 2Edgar
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Wallace
  • 29Billing
  • 30Bunn
  • 38Boyle
Referee:
Mick Russell

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Darren O'Dea (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

  7. Second Half

    Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  8. Half Time

    First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Huddersfield Town 0.

  9. Post update

    Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

  12. Booking

    Peter Clarke (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Joe Lolley is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charles Dunne (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Clarke (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

As It Stood

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2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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