Oldham Athletic supporters clash with stewards after invading the pitch during humiliating 6-0 loss to Wigan at Boundary Park – as pleas for owner Abdullah Lemsagam to leave the club continue after Dubai businessman BANNED fans for protesting
- Oldham Athletic descended into more chaos after supporters invaded the pitch
- Latics fans are desperate for their owner, Abdullah Lemsagam, to leave the club
- The Dubai-based owner has overseen a torrid time in charge of the club
- Last month three fans were banned for voicing their opposition to his ownership
- That has not deterred other fans, who disrupted the action as Oldham lost 6-0
Crisis club Oldham Athletic descended into more chaos on Tuesday night after a fans clashed with stewards during their humiliating defeat by Wigan in their EFL Trophy third-round clash.
Latics fans are desperate for their hugely unpopular owner, Abdallah Lemsagam, to leave the club and made their feelings known once more during tense scenes at Boundary Park.
The club’s game against Wigan was interrupted as a number of supporters entered the pitch and stewards were outnumbered as they sought to clear the field for play to continue.
One steward was seen roughly forcing a supporter over an advertising hoarding. A clip of the incident was posted on Twitter with the caption: ‘security literally battering kids now this club is a mess #oafc.’
Unsympathetic Wigan fans were heard chanting to the young supporters: ‘You’ve got school in the morning.’
The game resumed and the hosts were comfortably beaten 6-0 by their League 1 opposition in yet another humiliating result under the stewardship of the Dubai-based owner.
Oldham Athletic’s game with Wigan descended into chaos after angry fans invaded the pitch
Supporters are desperate for change at the club after a hugely unsteady couple of seasons
The invading fans eventually left the pitch and some appeared to be roughed up by stewards
Play resumed and Oldham went onto lose their EFL Trophy third-round tie to Wigan 6-0
Lemsagam bought the club in 2018 and his reign has been nothing short of disastrous. The crisis outfit have made nine managerial changes, have seen a vast turnover of players and staff, a relegation and continuous decline during that time.
Fed-up fans have launched a series of protests and have pleaded with Lemsagam to sell up amid grave fears for the club’s future, to no avail.
Last month scarcely believable letters were sent to at least three fans by general manager Steven Brown.
The letters outlined that they were banned from attending games because they ‘have displayed a desire to promote’ their ‘dislike of Oldham Athletic, its management and its progression and are influencing others to do the same’.
Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam is an unpopular figure and supporters want him to leave
Brown wrote that the board had asked him to ‘review the actions of individuals that we feel are deliberately geared to harm and cause considerable distress to the club, its fans and stakeholders’.
He added: ‘you are taking deliberate steps to harm the club and cause distress,’ and told the recipients that they are banned from Boundary Park and any grounds where Oldham or its youth team are playing for three years.
One of those to receive the letter was Bradley Knowles, a director of the Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation, which has a three per cent share in the club.
Its publication saw one director stand down and a threat from a sponsor to withdraw funding.
A petition titled ‘Free the Oldham Three’ was launched and has received 5,000 signatures since the bans were handed out.
Back in September, supporters left a coffin outside Boundary Park ahead of their match with Hartlepool and showed up dressed as clowns in another protest against the club’s hierarchy.
Back in September, prior to a match against Hartlepool United at Boundary Park, irate fans left a coffin outside the main entrance and showed up dressed as clowns to show their fury