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21st Dec 2021

Oldham Athletic bans three supporters for ‘promoting dislike’ towards club owners

Callum Boyle

Each supporter had a letter sent to them by the club, informing them they are no longer allowed to attend games

Football League club Oldham Athletic have banned three supporters for ‘promoting dislike’ towards the owners of the club, reports the MailOnline.

Officials at the Latics have written to the fans in which they confirmed that they will no longer be welcome to watch their side after displaying a ‘desire to promote’ their ‘dislike of Oldham Athletic’ and encouraging others to do the same.

One of the supporters, Bradley Knowles, took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the letter sent to him in which it states that he has been “officially banned from all First team and youth team games at Boundary Park and any other ground where either team are playing for a minimum period of three years.”

It follows after a series of protests from fans of the club towards the current owner Abdallah Lemsagam and his running of the League Two side, who sit second from bottom in the table.

Several actions, including a recent boycott during their 5-5 draw at home to high-flyers Forest Green Rovers have been taken as a way to protest against the owners, as well as throwing tennis balls on the pitch during games.

The letter was sent by Oldham’s general manager Steve Brown, who formerly worked for the Oyston family during their ownership of Blackpool after he was told to ‘review the actions of individuals that we feel are deliberately geared to harm and cause considerable distress to the club, its fans and stakeholders.’

As a result of the news, the Oldham supporters group – ‘Push the Boundary’ – have written an open letter to Brown to question and criticise the decision to ban the three fans, with a petition named ‘Free the Oldham three’¬†already receiving over 400 signatures.

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