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Blackpool shut down Twitter account after calling fans 'a***hole w*****s'

The tweet was sent from an official club account after fans criticised the pitch at Bloomfield Road.

Fans staged several protests against the owner at the end of last season.
Fans staged several protests against the owner at the end of last season.
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LEAGUE ONE SIDE Blackpool were forced to delete one of the club’s official Twitter accounts yesterday after a foul-mouthed response to a fan.

The fan offered to donate £20 to the Gary Parkinson Foundation if the pitch was in ‘good’ condition for the first home game of the season. Supporters have criticised the state of the surface at Bloomfield Road in the past and were further angered when a Neil Diamond concert was held at the ground last month.

The account in question was @CommercialBFC, set up to update fans on their PR and commercial activities. After an initial argument, after which the fan said he would honour the offer but only because the charity was a good cause, the account replied: “Back track, typical a***hole w******”.

The club have now addressed the matter with a statement on their website. They claim the account was not being operated by a current employee when the tweet was sent and confirmed the account has been discontinued.

The full statement reads:

“The club has been made aware of comments emanating from a Twitter account overnight that has previously advertised commercial opportunities.

“This account has not been utilised for promotional purposes by the club for some time and is not accessible to any current employees.

“The club does not condone the views expressed and has since had this account removed. The only official account for football club business on Twitter is @blackpoolfc, while hotel enquiries can be directed to @bfchotel.”

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