• League took view Oyston did not pass ‘fit and proper person’ test
• Oyston was told in 2010 but never complied with disqualification
The Premier League failed to enforce an official ban on Owen Oyston being the owner and a director of Blackpool following the club’s promotion in 2010, the Guardian has learned.
The Premier League took the view that Oyston’s 1996 conviction for rape, which can never be legally “spent”, meant that he was not a “fit and proper person” and that he was disqualified from being an owner or director of a club. Richard Scudamore, the league’s chief executive, insisted that Oyston dispose of his majority shareholding in Blackpool – and thought he had done so – but Oyston never complied with the disqualification. He remained the club’s owner and a director during the 2010-11 Premier League season and throughout Blackpool’s subsequent years in the Football League.