Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston has refuted claims made by Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson about the postponement of today’s fixture and praised the tributes that still went ahead in honour of Jimmy Armfield.
In a statement, the Chairman said:
“I was disappointed to read quotes attributed to the Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson in relation to the postponement of this afternoon’s match. At no point did I comment on or discuss Charlton’s willingness to play the fixture, and I fully respect the referee’s decision to call the game off on the grounds of player safety. I have since spoken to Karl and I look forward to his apology at the rearranged fixture.
“As soon as the initial 1.30pm pitch inspection was called, we had to put contingency plans in place as a club to allow tributes to our record appearance holder and Vice-President Jimmy Armfield to go ahead as scheduled.
“Guided by the Armfield family, who were guests of the club this afternoon, we opened up the stadium for supporters and honoured a legend and gentleman in the best way possible.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to club staff, who acted swiftly to ensure such a poignant tribute went ahead, plus the respective teams and supporters for paying their respects in a manner befitting of Jimmy.”