Blackpool fan arrested after protest on top of Arsenal bus before FA Cup tie


The Blackpool fan delayed the Arsenal coach leaving the team hotel by staging a protest on the roof

A Blackpool fan has been arrested after staging a protest on top of Arsenal’s team bus which delayed the team’s arrival for their FA Cup tie at Bloomfield Road.

The supporter, protesting against owner Owen Oyston, “was spoken to by officers and came down after around 40 minutes”.

He was then arrested “on suspicion of an offence under the Trade Union Act,” Lancashire Police said.

The match kicked off as scheduled at 17:30 GMT, with Arsenal winning 3-0.

Many Blackpool fans have stayed away from home games in protest at how the Oyston family runs the club.

Only 3,777 home fans were present for Saturday’s FA Cup game, added to Arsenal’s travelling support of 5,218, which meant Bloomfield Road was half-empty.

Chair of the Blackpool supporters trust Charlotte Seddon told BBC Sport before the game: “We’re very pleased so few tickets have been sold. It shows the boycott is holding.

“We’ll be outside the ground – like we are at every home game – as a symbolic presence to show we haven’t abandoned the club.

“It is drastic, but it is the owners that have damaged the club over many, many years. So we believe our campaign is the best way to secure the future of our club, because the only way it can survive is if Mr Oyston leaves it – there is no future for the club while he remains there.

“It’s heartbreaking for lifelong supporters to have to do this, and we’ve been doing it since 2015.”