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Chester FC seeks legal advice on Covid rules

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Club is based in England but plays home matches in Wales where different Covid rules apply

English football club Chester FC, which has a stadium located in Wales, is understood to be seeking legal advice regarding alleged breaches of Covid rules.

North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council are reportedly working to “investigate” Chester FC to determine whether matches played at its ground on 28 December and 2 January broke the Welsh Government’s coronavirus regulations.

‘Alert level two’ rules have been in place in Wales since December 26, in an effort to tackle an increase in Omicron cases. This means groups of no more than 50 people are allowed to meet outdoors.

Following the matches, Chester FC said it had been informed by North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council that it could “commit further potential breaches if it continues to play home fixtures with crowds while the current restrictions in Wales remain in place”.

There are, at present, no restrictions on outdoor gatherings in England. As an English club, Chester is under the jurisdiction of the English FA, and the club’s offices are located on the English side of the border.

Chester FC said it would be seeking “further legal advice given the complex issues and future implications of any outcome”.

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