Posted: Fri 14th Apr 2023

Flint vs Caernarfon match rescheduled take place behind closed doors next week

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Apr 14th, 2023

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The JD Cymru Premier match between Flint Town United and Caernarfon Town has been rescheduled for Wednesday 19 April.

The original game on Saturday 8 April was abandoned in the 16th minute due to violence in the crowd.

The match will take place behind-closed-doors at the Essity Stadium, with a 0-0 start and the clock reset to zero.

Earlier this week, police said three people had been arrested following the disorder at last Saturdays match between Flint and Caernarfon.

North Wales Police launched an investigation following the violence which left two fans injured, one seriously according to the force. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The match was abandoned and a man who was seriously injured within the stadium was airlifted to Aintree Hospital, police said on Tuesday the man remains in a stable condition. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​ ‌

The arrested individuals, a 15-year-old male, a 19-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, were bailed pending further investigation.

Detective Inspector Dean Jones urged witnesses to contact the police if they had any information that could help with the investigation.

Superintendent Nick Evans said that an extensive investigation has been launched to identify those involved in the disorder at the stadium, with a view to prosecuting all who contributed to the violence.

He added that football banning orders will be sought to prevent those involved from attending any future football matches.

He also said that they are working with the Football Association of Wales to ensure such an incident is not repeated.

Flintshire North District Inspector Wesley Williams said that their teams will increase their visible presence at future matches to prevent further disorder, and that they will be making contact with the Welsh FA and Flint Town United to agree on a way forward for future games.

Nigel Sheen, the press officer for Flint Town United, wrote in his match report on the club’s website, “Two sets of mindless yobs (I won’t call them supporters) set about to tarnish the reputations of both clubs, as they clearly turned up in the expectation of causing trouble.”

“It’s such a shame for the genuine supporters to witness scenes like that, and is a bitter blow for all the volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of the club to try and promote the right image… My thoughts go out to the individual who was hospitalised after the incident and I hope he makes a full recovery”

The swift actions of a couple of real supporters in helping the man, aided by the paramedics and respective physios in the immediate aftermath of the incident deserves much praise.”

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