On Sunday afternoon, the EFL released a statement which declared their support for Blackpool’s bid to suspend ticket sales to Leyton Orient fans, who they host on the final day of the season, on the 6th May. Fans throughout the Football Family have reacted to the English Football League’s decision.
The English Football League have stated that they have made the decision to support the Oyston’s (family owners of Blackpool) in their bid to suspend the ticket sales for Leyton Orient fans next weekend, after a number of concerns were raised by the Bloomfield Road side, who host the already-relegated Londoners.
On Saturday, Leyton Orient invaded the pitch in the 85th minute, which led to the game being suspended for a significant period of time before the EFL and officials made a decision to call a fake abandonment. After the 250 fans were cleared, and the stadium emptied, the officials and players were then seen coming out and conducting a full warm up to play the remainder of the game behind closed doors.
Blackpool and the EFL’s likely concerns are that both sets of protesting fans could collude and participate in a joint effort to show their dissatisfaction towards both their owners on the final day of the season, which could involve another pitch invasion. A joint protest is actually something which has also been seen in League One this season, between protesting Charlton Athletic and Coventry City fans, at The Valley and the Ricoh.
Fans throughout the football family have taken to Twitter to react to the decision made by the executives at the English Football League.
— Freddie Saunders (@ValleyFloydFred) May 1, 2017
The EFL seem like a horrible organisation.
Against football fans clearly https://t.co/zz0a9TU98F
— Adam Drew (@adamBAFCdrew) May 1, 2017
— David Graham (@Graham197475) May 1, 2017
— Callum J Wadlan (@CJW93) May 1, 2017
— Brighton@Home (P) (@BHAFConlyathome) May 1, 2017
— theuglygame (@uglygame) May 1, 2017
@EFL Disgrace but wouldn't expect anything else.
— Chris. (@cfccod) May 1, 2017
— Billy Hendricks (@BillyHendricks7) May 1, 2017
— Justin Robson (@ForADeadPoet) May 1, 2017
— Dan (@Dan_Wall06) May 1, 2017
— Brighton Are Back (@BrightonAreBack) May 1, 2017
— Selly1881 (@1881orient) May 1, 2017
— Mick Yates (@ymick60) May 1, 2017