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FA force Chester to cancel today's friendly at Marine.

CHESTER CITY'S pre-season planning has been thrown into chaos with the FA instructing them to cancel today's friendly match against Marine at College Road.

The FA have also informed the club that they can't play any matches in public, until a number of outstanding "administrative issues" have been cleared up.

City, who came out of financial administration last month, have been told that their membership of the FA hasn't yet been transferred from the old company to the new one and as such they are not affiliated to football's ruling body.

Chester's chief executive Bob Gray said: "Our solicitors were in consultation with the FA to finalise and confirm all the relevant paperwork that needed to be processed.

"All the relevant paperwork has now been sent across to the rightful people, so hopefully by Monday we will have a clearer picture of how things stand and we will move forward accordingly."

If the FA dig their heels in and refuse to sanction Chester's membership, the home friendly match against a Liverpool XI on Tuesday at the Deva Stadium and the money-spinning home game against Premier League newcomers Burnley next week, will have to be cancelled. Last year a match against Stoke City had to be played behind closed doors, because the club had failed to obtain a safety certificate for the Deva Stadium.

If the impasse between Chester and the FA continues, the club could be thrown out of next season's Blue Square Premier League.
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Date:Jul 18, 2009
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