Printer Friendly

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.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2009
Previous Article:WELLENS FINDS AN ALLY IN KEAR; KICKER: Caption to go in here Wakefield coach backs Saints kicker after nightmare.

Related Articles
Football: Hope for `friendly' friendly; to ensure trouble-free game Mersey Police visit Holland.
Chester's friendlies halted by blunder.
Chester face new fight for survival.
Liverpool friendly in doubt.
FA delay rumbles on but City remain hopeful.
Troubled City are still stuck in limbo.
D-day for future of desperate Chester.
D-day looms for Chester as axe still hangs.
Urgent are talks held to save Chester.
Pub team WILL play matches at home.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters