Feb 10 2010 By Mark Dowling
THE Football Conference has issued a statement following crisis-hit Chester City’s seven-day suspension from the Blue Square Premier.
Dennis Strudwick, general manager of the Football Conference, has stated:
“The Board of the Football Conference has given exhaustive and thorough consideration to matters at Chester City FC following the Club’s failure to fulfil its fixture at Forest Green Rovers FC on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
“During consideration on events ensuing at the club, the Cheshire Constabulary has withdrawn special police services due to be provided at the Club’s match at the Deva Stadium on Sunday, February 14 against Wrexham FC, for failing to pay policing costs by a due time.
“As a consequence, the Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council has issued a Prohibition Order on the Club preventing the admission of spectators into the ground, as the inadequate number of police officers will involve a risk so serious that admission ought to be prohibited, until appropriate steps have been taken.
“Chester City FC, therefore, is unable to fulfil its engagement on Sunday.
“Pursuant to other matters currently existing at the club, the Football Conference has served charges for breaches of five separate competition rules upon the club which include the failure to fulfil the above two fixtures.
“The club has been given seven days to respond to the charges, and/or request a personal hearing. The charges, and a personal hearing if requested, will be considered on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
“Meanwhile, the club’s fixtures have been suspended; resulting in Chester City’s home fixture on Wednesday, February 17, against Kidderminster Harriers being postponed.
“As these matters are now subjudice, no further statement will be issued until after the meeting of February 18.”