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Jan 5, 2019 at 5.30pm UK at ​Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 8,955
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Arsenal bus held up by protesting Blackpool fan

Tangerines are opposed to the Oyston family owning the club and are making their feelings known.

A man has been arrested after Arsenal's team coach was prevented from making the journey to their FA Cup clash at Blackpool.

A protesting Blackpool fan sat on top of the Arsenal coach as it waited to depart the Preston Marriott Hotel, causing the London club to take alternative transport to Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool fans have staged a mass boycott of home matches this campaign to protest against owners the Oyston family and used the occasion of their highest-profile game of the season to deploy unusual tactics.

With the fan apparently refusing to move, Arsenal travelled in a replacement vehicle and entered the stadium via a back entrance, with more protesting supporters camped outside the main door.

A Blackpool fans sits on the Arsenal team bus
A Blackpool fans sits on the Arsenal team bus (@MrMoonUK)

A man has since been arrested "on suspicion of an offence under the Trade Union Act and remains in police custody," Lancashire Police said.

"At around 3pm today (5 January) we received a report that a Blackpool supporter had climbed on to the roof of the Arsenal team coach which was parked in the car park of the Marriott Hotel," a police statement said.

"He was spoken to by officers and came down after around 40 minutes."

Oyston Out scarves are layed out in protest
Oyston Out scarves are layed out in protest (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Since being in the Premier League in 2010, Blackpool have fallen down to League Two, before promotion to the third tier in 2017.

Fans protested outside Bloomfield Road ahead of the Arsenal clash, many brandishing 'Oyston Out' scarves and banners.


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