Huddersfield Town Supporters Association are to ask the Football Association to refund travelling fans for the postponement at Blackpool.
They believe the governing body should use all or part of the £50,000 fine they imposed on the Bloomfield Road club to make sure Town fans aren’t out of pocket.
The supporters group, known as HTSA, have taken legal advice and consulted with the Football Supporters Federation, whose Chair sits on the FA Council.
A statement on the HTSA website, released before the Capital One Cup tie against Notts County, said they had reviewed the FA’s report into it’s own commission’s findings on the postponement, which was because of a pitch invasion, on May 2.
They say the report was highly critical of Blackpool, and contains such statements as: “There were serious inadequacies in the planning that led up to the match on 2 May 2015.
“There was strong intelligence available that there would be a pitch incursion and that it would be in the early part of the second half of the match.”
“There was no proper planning as to what would happen in the event that there was a pitch incursion and how to remove people from the pitch.”
HTSA said the report also contained the following statement from Blackpool’s Ground Safety Officer:
“It was the policy of the police not to use force to remove people when they were exercising their freedom of speech where there was no violence.
“For that reason the police decided not to try to arrest or remove spectators from the pitch but rather to let the protest take place and to use only persuasion as means to get them to leave the pitch”
The website report, under the headline ‘Blackpool update’ concluded: “It is HTSA’s intention to submit a case to the FA, asking for all or part of the fine it imposed on Blackpool FC to be used to refund Town supporters.
“This course of action will use the example of the ECB this week in fining Glamorgan CCC for an abandoned match and its intention to use some of that fine to compensate away supporters from Hampshire CCC.
“We are hoping to gain the support of Huddersfield Town FC and we will continue to keep our members and other supporters updated.”
Blackpool were fined £50,000 by the FA for failing to control their supporters at the final match of last season, when the pitch invasion was held as a protest against the Blackpool club owners, the Oyston family.
Travelling Town fans had paid around the same amount of money to attend the fixture, but a Football Disciplinary Commission decided there would be no compensation for supporters of either club.