THE English football club at the centre of a border row with Welsh authorities has postponed its home match this weekend.

Chester FC are due to host Brackely at their Deva Stadium, in Flintshire, this weekend but have postponed the fixture as they have failed to reach a definitive resolution with authorities over the attendance of fans.

Welsh regulations mean there is a 50 spectator limit at community sports events with professional and elite sport having to be played behind closed doors.

The English National League North outfit have been warned they may have breached Welsh coronavirus regulations by hosting two matches, which nearly 4,000 fans attended in late December, at their stadium which straddles the border.

Chester’s front gates, car park and main office door are in England, as is the only road which leads to the ground, but the pitch is in Wales.

The National Wales: The Deva Stadium, home of Chester City Football Club Picture: Martin Rickett/PA WireThe Deva Stadium, home of Chester City Football Club Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The club fear going out of business if made to play behind closed doors and, after agreement with the National League, Saturday’s match and Wednesday’s National League Academy Cup tie with FC Halifax Town U19s have been postponed.

“We have met with Welsh Government, Flintshire Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council, however do not yet feel that this matter has reached a definitive resolution and will be obtaining further legal advice,” said a club statement.

“Whilst enforcement action remains a possibility, we are not prepared to risk the security of the club or our supporters, as such the board have made the difficult decision to postpone this week’s home fixtures.”


The club are continuing “constructive” discussions to identify “a long-term solution that recognises the unique geography and historical context of the Deva Stadium site”.

Welsh football's top two divisions are currently suspended due to the ban on fans while professional rugby sides, and Welsh football teams that play in the English leagues, are having to play behind closed doors.

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon today confirmed a 500 limit on spectators there will be lifted from Monday.

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