Huddersfield Town fans have branded the Football Disciplinary Commission decision not to compensate supporters for the abandoned game at Blackpool “a disgrace”.
The final match of last season was abandoned after 47 minutes following a pitch invasion by Blackpool fans protesting against how their club is run by the owners.
Town backed a Football League application for Blackpool to be required to pay compensation to travelling fans who had forked out £50,000 in gate money, but that was rejected by the three-man Commission.
Even though Blackpool have been deducted three points, suspended for two seasons, for failing to fulfil the fixture, the Commission decided the abandonment “affected law-abiding supporters of both clubs equally. It would therefore be unfair to favour the interests of one group of supporters over the other.”
Holme Valley based fan John said: “Supporters are taken for granted right, left and centre by the football authorities.
Susan, from Mirfield, said: “I’m absolutely fuming.
“It’s not my fault those Blackpool fans invaded the pitch.
“I went for the weekend so it cost me bus fare, hotel fees and my match ticket, yet I saw only 47 minutes and they tell me I’m not going to get any compensation.
“I saw half a game, so give me half my money back.”
Another fan pointed out the £50,000 paid by Town fans basically pays Blackpool’s fine to the Football Association for failing to control their fans (something which Blackpool contest).
While many supporters felt Town should have been awarded three points for the match on May 2 this year, the Football League ruled it would remain a 0-0 draw (the score at the time of the abandonment).
Fans waited patiently to see what punishment the FA would hand out to Blackpool, and they eventually decided on a £50,000 fine and, should there be any more trouble along the same lines, the club would have to play their next Bloomfield Road match behind closed doors.
It was then up to the Commission to rule on the compensation application, and it’s no wonder they feel aggrieved it was rejected when Blackpool have been punished a suspended three points for failing to fulfil the fixture.
Fans ask: How can you charge people to attend a fixture which hasn’t been fulfilled?