'Pool Fined For 'Understrength Team'
Blackpool have been fined £25,000 by the Premier League following an investigation into the team selected by 'Pool manager Ian Holloway for last November's away game against Aston Villa.
Ollie made a raft of changes for the game which 'Pool lost 3-2 to a last minute goal, prompting the Premier League's investigation.
However, the manager vehemently defended his selection to both the media and the Premier League, famously stating that he would tender his resignation should he be found guilty of playing a weakened side.
It was believed that the issue had been swept under the carpet after Arsenal were not investigated for making eight changes against Wigan (a game that they drew), but the Premier League has found BFC guilty of breaching rules B.13 and E.20 after considering the team fielded by the Seasiders in other Premier League games this season as well as the side fielded against Southampton in the FA Cup earlier this month.
'Pool have been given a fortnight to appeal the decision, but more interesting will be manager Ian Holloway's reaction - will he stick to his guns and tender his resignation?
As always, we'll have all the news as it happens on Vital.