Blackpool councillor apologises for ‘donkey-botherer’ jibe during Blackburn v Blackpool

Posted by - March 22, 2011 - Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool

Never mix politics and football. And donkeys

A councillor has been forced to apologise to his constituents after labelling them “donkey-botherers” during last Saturday’s match between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

Labour’s Simon Blackburn made the comment on his Facebook profile during the match. The 37-year-old lives in Blackpool and sits on Blackpool Council, but is originally from Blackburn and supports Rovers.

He wrote on Facebook: “”Oh my actual God… the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever!”

It is believed he thought the message could only be seen by his friends, but his privacy settings meant anyone could see his comment. The error has been seized upon by angry Blackpool supporters and gleeful political opponents.

Glenn Bowley, chairman of Blackpool FC Supporters Association, was not impressed.

He said: “It’s not really an appropriate comment to make and it could put himself in a position where he is going to have a very difficult May, on election day on the 5th and on the 22nd, when his team might get relegated.”

Meanwhile, Mr Blackburn has apologised for the incident.

He said: “I was alarmed to discover that what I had intended to be private comments, made in a very light-hearted way to a friend, have been made public.

“I am hugely proud of Blackpool FC and their supporters, both of whom are a huge asset to the town and I apologise for any offence caused.

“I hope and trust that there will be many more enjoyable meetings between Blackpool and Blackburn in the top flight and I’m horrified that my remarks may have caused offence.”