Decision on Huddersfield Town and Blackpool match abandonment

Huddersfield Town’s abandoned Sky Bet Championship clash with Blackpool will be recorded as a goalless draw, the Football League has announced.

The game on the final day of the season on May 2 was called off in the 48th minute after Blackpool fans staged a protest in the centre circle, with the score at 0-0.

The Football League board has decided that result should stand and have charged the Seasiders with failing to fulfil a fixture.

In a statement, the Football League said: “At its meeting in London today, the Board of Directors of The Football League considered matters relating to the abandoned Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Huddersfield Town on May 2.

“The Board took the view that the 0-0 scoreline that stood at the time of the game’s abandonment (in the 48th minute) should be officially recorded as the final result of the match, as it believes that league points should always be earned on the field of play.

“In addition, the Board agreed to charge Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission in due course.

“In making its judgment the FDC will be asked to consider any matters relating to compensation to Huddersfield Town and ticket refunds to supporters.

“The Board also asked its executive to review the League’s regulations regarding abandonments to ensure that any such matches can always be played to a conclusion or replayed altogether if deemed necessary.”