BOSSES at Oldham Athletic have banned at least three supporters for three years for 'disliking' the club and 'influencing others to do the same'.

These bans were revealed to the supporters, Bradley Knowles, Dominic Weiss and Nathan Price, in letters sent by Latics' general manager Steven Brown.

Bradley, who has followed the club at home and away games since 2005 and is the director of the Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation (OASF), shared his letter on social media on Monday, December 20.

It reads: "You have displayed a desire to promote your dislike of Oldham Athletic Football Club, its management and its progression, and you are influencing others to do the same. You are taking deliberate steps to harm the club.

"In light of these circumstances, I am writing to inform you that you are officially banned from all first team and youth team games at Boundary Park and any other ground where either team are playing for a minimum period of three years. This is imposed with immediate effect."

Although the club is able to ban supporters from Boundary Park at its discretion, The Oldham Times understands such a ban is not enforceable at other grounds without a banning order from a court.

But an email, also sent by Mr Brown, explains Latics will stop Bradley and Nathan from buying tickets or travel to away games, and will tell other clubs the pair are banned.

Speaking to The Oldham Times, Bradley – a vocal opponent of Oldham Athletic's ownership – said he was struggling to understand the decision.

He said: "I was furious. I was shaking. I want the Lemsagams gone, but I'm there to support the team. I love this club and I love going to games.

"I've said what I needed to say about the ownership. I haven't run on the pitch, I haven't thrown tennis balls. OASF made it clear that we don't condone those protests and we won't be involved in them."

There was a furious reaction on social media too, with other supporters clamouring to contact the club and express their discontent.

Bradley claims some of them are asking for refunds on season tickets and sponsorship.

The Oldham Times has asked Latics for a comment.