Oldham fans pelt own players with tennis balls and flares in Carabao Cup match

Oldham City fans threw tennis balls and flares onto the pitch prior to their side’s EFL Cup match against Accrington Stanley in a protest against the club.

The supporters of the League 2 side are protesting against the club’s ownership, with many feeling owner Abdallah Lemsagam and his sporting director brother, Mohamed, are running the club into the ground.

Over the last few years, more and more Lactics fans have decided to boycott home games at Boundary Park to prevent giving money to the owners.

Some supporters are still attending matches, but some are attempting to cause a stir and make a stand against the club to raise awareness of the matter.

Last weekend, after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Colchester, a group of Latics fans invaded the pitch and ran towards the directors’ box chanting ‘We want Abdallah out’ to those sat in that area of the stadium.

And on Tuesday evening, Oldham fans made their opinion known again as they managed to cause a delay in their teams’ match against Accrington.

Supporters threw red flares and tennis calls onto the pitch in the third minute near their own on-loan goalkeeper, Laurie Walker. Latics players cleared the pitch as best as they could but the protests have continued in the stands.

Lemsagam was announced as Oldham owner in January 2018, and the club has been at peril ever since, and fans have had enough.

The club has been flirting with relegation since the former agent took control, and his irrational and hasty decision-making means that the club are likely to continue in that way until the Moroccan decides to leave.

There have been numerous rumoured controversies behind the scenes at the club since Lemsagam has taken over: players have been paid late, managers were sacked within months of appointment, players were sent to train with youth squads so that they would terminate their contracts, etc.

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There is a supporters group called ‘Push The Boundary’ that have made it known that they are unhappy with the ownership of their club and raising awareness of the reported antics going on behind closed doors. The campaign group were formed in October 2019.

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