Blackpool Supporters’ Trust vow to continue boycott as they commemorate ‘shabby’ anniversary

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust have vowed to continue their boycott of the club “until there is a regime change” at the Seasiders.

While Blackpool were in Sky Bet League One action at Gillingham on Tuesday night, a vigil was taking place at Bloomfield Road to mark the anniversary of Valeri Belokon’s High Court victory against the Oyston family.

Belokon is a minority shareholder at Blackpool through his company VB Assets. He won a ruling at the High Court on November 6 last year when a judge ordered the Oystons to complete a financial buyout of the Latvian businessman’s shares, amounting to £31.27m plus interests and costs.

But that amount has not yet been paid in full, leaving Blackpool in a state of limbo.

“It is a ‘shabby’ anniversary,” Blackpool Supporters’ Trust said in a statement.

“Blackpool FC played away at Gillingham this evening [Tuesday] 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.”

The statement added: “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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