Karl Oyston: Chairman should quit, says Blackpool president Valeri Belokon

Oyston called a Blackpool supporter "a retard"

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Blackpool president Valeri Belokon has suggested chairman Karl Oyston should resign after he called one of the Sky Bet Championship club's supporters "a retard".

Oyston has come under fire following revelations at the weekend that he exchanged a series of foul-mouthed text messages with Blackpool fan Stephen Smith, who the Seasiders chairman referred to as "a retard" and told him to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

Oyston apologised for the incident on Monday, yet Smith rejected that and has registered a complaint with the Football Association as the game's national governing body come under increasing pressure to hand out a punishment.

And now Belokon, who has publicly feuded with Oyston recently over a perceived lack of investment in the side bottom of the second tier, has urged the chairman to walk away from Bloomfield Road.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, which will air in full on Tuesday evening, Belokon revealed he would write a letter to Oyston telling him "that maybe he should go".

He also called on the club's fans to make their feelings known, adding: "I would like to invite Blackpool fans to write and sign an open letter for exclusion of such an attitude towards football fans."

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