NEW Latics chairman Frank Rothwell has said that he will look into bans that were issued to fans, and the reason for them, as part of a review following his family's takeover.

A number of Oldham supporters received bans from the club last season, three of which - three-year bans handed out for "promoting their dislike" of the club in December - were rescinded just three days later after meeting with an appeal committee.

Other bans are more recent, following the pitch invasion which caused a near two-hour delay in their penultimate home game of the season against Salford - and ultimately relegation decider - re-starting.

And Rothwell said the matters would have to be looked into carefully and individually before a decision was made about anyone being allowed to return, rather than a blanket lifting of all bans under the new regime.

"First of all I can't go and un-ban everybody because some people have been banned by the Football League, not by the club.

"Peter Norbury (new club director) is a top employment lawyer, he was the employment lawyer for the FA.

"He's an Oldham Athletic supporter."

Following last week's takeover, Rothwell admitted that the supporters' group The Athleticos were a huge influence in their decision to buy Latics due to the atmosphere they generated at Boundary Park.

He met with the group's drummer, Cameron Whitworth, who received a ban from the club last season, to discuss ways of enhancing the Boundary Park experience.