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Ian Holloway axes Blackpool trio after nightclub visit

Barry Bannan
Bannan was one of three Blackpool players spotted in a local nightclub

Three Blackpool players have been dropped from the squad to face Sheffield Wednesday after being spotted dancing in a local nightclub.

Boss Ian Holloway took action after Barry Bannan, Ishmel Demontagnac and Neil Eardley were seen out just hours after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Leicester.

"I'm disappointed - we'll have a party once we've got 52 points," Holloway told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"If they think that's appropriate, then they're messing with the wrong man."

The trio will avoid a fine because they have not broken the terms of their contracts but Holloway will ask them to explain their behaviour.

"They're not in breach of contract - they've broken my rules and I think our fans need to know," he said.

How can you be injured and be dancing?

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway

Holloway revealed Eardley has been nursing a knee problem while Bannan, who is on-loan from Aston Villa, has a foot injury.

The pair were due to undergo treatment on Sunday.

"Bannan's probably broken his toe but it was apparently good enough to go out dancing on a Saturday night," said Holloway.

"How can you be injured and be dancing?

"I like a dance with anybody but it's got to be the right time and when you're in a good mood.

"I'm not in a good mood when I lose and neither should they be."

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Sheff Wed 2-0 Blackpool
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Blackpool 1-2 Leicester
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