THE Football Association have dropped their recent charge against Chester FC for failing to control their players against rivals Wrexham.
Tempers boiled over at full-time in last month’s fesity 1-1 derby draw at the Deva Stadium, with an altercation between Blues’ forward Kane Richards and Wrexham full-back James Jennings sparking a mass brawl involving players and staff from both sides.
Chester were initially charged by the FA over the incident however, having submitted their appeal, Blues’ chief executive Mark Maguire confirmed the governing body had reconsidered their stance.
Wrexham have also been charged by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) for their part in the brawl with a failure to control their players, and Jennings also faces a separate charge. The Reds are likely to hear next month what their punishment will be.
Chester CEO Maguire said: “We are absolutely delighted with this outcome, we fully respect the processes undertaken by the FA and firmly agree that this is the right decision.
"We carefully put together statements from all of our players and staff and painstakingly studied the video evidence which demonstrated that none of our staff raised their arms or in any way provoked the situation, indeed individual players acted as peacemakers and, in the circumstances he faced, Kane Richards - whilst clearly extremely angry - did really well not to retaliate.
"I’d like to commend our players and staff for their restraint and reiterate that as a community club we take very seriously our responsibilities in setting an appropriate example, equally we will always defend the club where we feel it is appropriate."
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