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Chester FC condemns actions of fans during Hereford United game
CHESTER Football Club could receive a fine or even a points deduction after a smoke bomb was thrown by a fan during Tuesday night's game against Hereford - the second time it has happened this season.
The flare ended up in the corner of the pitch between the home and away fans shortly before the end of the game at the Exacta Stadium, which Hereford won 2-0.
A smoke bomb was also let off during Chester's away game against Barnet on Saturday.
The two incidents have resulted in its Board of Directors to release a statement condemning the actions.
"As a supporter owned football club, Chester FC are rightly proud of the behaviour of the overwhelming majority of our supporters," the statement reads.
"Since reforming, we have been welcomed by other clubs across the country and recognised as well behaved, true supporters of the game.
"This reputation is well deserved and we must do everything in our power to retain the goodwill that has been built up in the last three seasons.
"The behaviour of a small number of individuals in the games at Barnet and Hereford seriously threatens to undermine all that we stand for as a community based, family club
"The board of Chester FC absolutely condemn the use of smoke bombs/flares, throwing coins, any form of hate chanting, racial abuse and any other form of public order offences.
"The referees who officiated at both the Barnet and Hereford games have indicated that reports will be submitted to the FA on the behaviour of Chester supporters.
"Sanctions such as fines and /or points deductions could well be applied to the club.
"The club will work with our stewards and the police to identify and deal with any individuals that are responsible for any behaviour which could bring our club into disrepute.
"We are committed to providing a safe, family friendly environment for our supporters and visiting fans and we will not tolerate any behaviour that undermines this.
"Whilst we all want to celebrate our clubs rapid promotion into the Skrill Premier Division, we would appeal to all fans not to allow celebrations to spill over into anything that could harm the club in anyway."
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