Posted: Mon 8th May 2023

Chester FC condemns fan violence after post-match disorder at Deva Stadium

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 8th, 2023

Chester Football Club has expressed deep disappointment and anger following violence and damage caused at the end of their National League North playoff semi-final against Brackley Town on Sunday.

Brackley Town’s George Carline secured victory with a long-range effort just ten minutes from time, earning his team the right to host Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North Playoff Final.

Nearly 4,500 fans attended the game, with 240 travelling from Brackley.

After the game, a large number of Chester fans entered the pitch and attempted to access the away stand.

Police intervened, preventing fans from reaching the stand and removing them from the stadium.

During the incident, several smoke bombs and other items were thrown towards Brackley Town fans.

Additionally, a number of Chester fans are alleged to have damaged coaches parked outside the stadium after leaving the ground.

In a statement, Chester FC condemned the actions of those involved, apologising to Brackley Town and supporters of both teams.

The club said it was “ashamed to be associated with anyone involved in the crowd disorder and angry that the actions of a minority have completely overshadowed the occasion.”

Officials highlighted that such behaviour not only damages the club’s reputation but also incurs financial costs and puts them at risk of fines, points deductions, or playing behind closed doors.

“The impact is also felt by our staff, volunteers, and the players and management, who were prevented from returning to the pitch to thank our genuine fans for their support this season,” the club said.

Chester FC stated it will share extensive CCTV footage with the authorities and collaborate with Cheshire Police to identify the perpetrators.

Chief Inspector Jez Taylor, of Cheshire Police Uniform Operations, said:

“While the majority of fans were well-behaved, there was a small minority who were intent on causing disorder, and their behaviour at the end of the match was totally unacceptable.

“An investigation into the disorder has been launched, and we will be taking robust action against all those found to be involved, including possible banning orders.”

Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us, quoting IML 1539302.

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