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Blackpool fans will be marching on EFL headquarters next week as they call for the creation of an independent football league regulator.

As part of their protest they have also launched a petition calling on the Government to introduce a regulator ensuring the “highest possible standards of governance for all clubs”. The petition calling on reform of the EFL gathered 2,000 signatures on its first day.

Led by the Tangerine Knights, the march on EFL headquarters is expected to see hundreds of Blackpool fans descend on Preston next Friday, March 2nd.

Andy Higgins, from Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, said: “We are turning our focus on the EFL because we believe significant reform is needed.

“They represent their members and they don’t represent fans.”

Blackpool supporters wrote to the EFL back in December 2017 after the club’s owners lost their High Court battle against a previous investor – ordering the Oystons to pay back millions of pounds.

However, the Trust believes that the EFL has failed to act on its multiple enquiries and calls for action against Blackpool’s owners.

“There’s a massive conflict of interest at the EFL,” Andy said. “They can’t represent their members and be credible regulators at the same time.”

The protest is due to take place at EFL headquarters in Preston next Friday from 1pm.

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