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Chester issue statement on trouble at match against Chorley with steward assaulted

Chester have took to issue a statement on trouble at Friday’s match against Chorley with it reported that a steward was assaulted.

It may have been a goalless draw, but the result was enough for Chester to seal a playoff place in front of a bumper crowd.

Both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities with the game disappointing, leaving fans to make their own entertainment, which quite clearly got out of hand.

Chester currently sit 3rd in the National League North with 74 points from 42 games and nine points behind AFC Fylde, the league leaders, but they have a game in hand.

Chorley sit 9th, with 60 points from 42 games, and are just 3 from Scarborough who sit in the last playoff place.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Chester Football Club condemns those responsible for the dangerous actions that marred the end of our game with Chorley on Good Friday.

We are extremely disappointed that, on an afternoon when a crowd of more than 3,400 enjoyed a family friendly atmosphere pre-match, we are instead forced to focus on handful of mindless individuals, whose behaviour has resulted in one supporter requiring emergency medical treatment and a steward being assaulted.

The club is now reviewing CCTV footage and work with the police to ensure these individuals are identified and dealt with in the strongest possible terms, including bringing criminal prosecution.

These actions do not represent Chester Football Club and those involved are no longer welcome at the Deva Stadium.

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Credit: Andrew Kelly

This comes just 24 hours after Chester issued another statement reminding fans to behave at matches, following a number of previous statements warning that the club could face serious punishment.

They wrote: “Chester Football Club is looking forward to the Easter weekend and the prospect of two exciting, competitive matches played in front of bumper attendances.

“Your passionate support at the Deva and on the road this season has undoubtedly contributed to the team’s strong performances on the pitch, and we are proud of how the majority of our fans behave, upholding the values and reputation of our community club.

“However, there is a minority who are putting themselves, fellow supporters and the club at risk through anti-social and criminal behaviours.

“As a result of these actions, the club is under closer scrutiny and fans can expect to see additional measures in operation for the fixtures with Chorley and Southport.

“It would be a great shame for any supporter to find themselves banned from attending matches or facing more serious sanctions, during what we hope will be a memorable finish to the season.

“You may think entering the field of play to celebrate or bringing smoke grenades to games adds to the atmosphere, but these are dangerous, irresponsible acts that put the health and safety of supporters, players and officials at risk.

“We have also received reports of abusive language from a handful of supporters towards matchday stewards, which is wholly unacceptable. The stewarding team play a hugely important role in keeping everyone safe and deserve to be treated with respect.

“This weekend provides an opportunity for us demonstrate the progress Chester Football Club is making on and off the pitch, and we all have a part to play.

“There is so much for us to be positive about. Don’t be that one that lets your club down.”

Here’s how social media users reacted as Chester issue a statement on trouble at the match against Chorley with a steward assaulted…

@Orbman68: No mention of their fans throwing flares o the pitch or their fan who ran the full length of the pitch and escaped via the Harry mac..

@andersCFC: Was our fan, came from the Harry Mac in the first place and ran the full length of the pitch twice, up and back.

@AlexOwe45763950: Also doesn’t help when stewards just stand there doing nothing.

@robo1138: Coppers just stood there too while multiple flares were thrown onto the pitch by Chorley. No mention of those ?!

@festinc: Fully expecting an fa fine for both clubs

@HarryPe71463912: Same old Chester

@David_Liam9: What a surprise… Shit club. Dog shit fans.

@tom_murray456: no surprise here. always had moronic, nasty supporters

@Konstanho: Why? Why are people doing this sort thing this season? It makes no sense at all.

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