Chester fans may be stopped from watching side as stadium is metres inside Wales

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Chester hosted supporters for their recent National League North fixtures against AFC Telford and Fylde – but could've breached Welsh coronavirus regulations with their ground meters over the border.

The club announced on Friday morning that they had received a joint letter on behalf of North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council, which has forced them to seek further legal advice.

The club, who sit 15th in the table after 20 fixtures, represent the city of the same name in city in northwest England, but their ground is governed by Welsh Regulations.

Chester have told their supporters that the club are at risk of committing further potential breaches should they host supporters at upcoming fixtures while the current restrictions remain in Wales.

The full statement reads: "This morning Chester Football Club was invited to a meeting with representatives of North Wales Police, Flintshire County Council, Cheshire Police and Cheshire West & Chester Council.

"During this meeting, the Club was given a joint letter on behalf of North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council which outlines potential breaches of Welsh Coronavirus Regulations at our fixtures on 28th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022.

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"It also states the Club may commit further potential breaches if it continues to play home fixtures with crowds while the current restrictions in Wales remain in place.

"We were informed this was based upon direction from the Welsh Government that the premises of Chester Football Club are governed by the Welsh Regulations. The Welsh Government was not represented at the meeting.

"It was agreed that all parties would seek further legal advice given the complex issues and future implications of any outcome.

"We will provide a further update to our supporters as soon as we are able to."

Welsh economy minister Vaughan Gething revealed in December that both indoor and outdoor events would have to take place behind closed doors from Boxing Day.

Cardiff and Swansea are the most high-profile clubs affected by the measures, both currently playing their football in the English second tier.

English clubs did not face the same restrictions, leading Chester to believe that they were fine to continue hosting supporters until told otherwise.

  • Wales Football Team
  • Coronavirus

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