FOUR Chester FC fans have been issued with formal warning letters as the club asks fans to support the team 'responsibly'.

Chester FC said that the supporters had received the documents asking them to improve their behaviour and that they trusted that they would heed to warning and take positive action. The club also stated that anyone who persists in 'unacceptable conduct' risks ejection from the ground and a stadium ban.

In a statement posted on the club's website today (Wednesday, October 12), Chester FC said: "Like you, the players and staff are hugely excited for this weekend’s FA Cup tie at Oldham Athletic, where we will have the backing of one of our biggest away followings for some time in what is a brilliant opportunity to showcase our football club.

"The majority of our fans behave impeccably and have earned the respect of other clubs, but over the past 18 months we have experienced an increase in antisocial behaviour and, following further incidents this season, our message to the minority responsible is that it needs to stop.

"The ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign has implemented stronger measures and tougher sanctions for antisocial and criminal behaviour within football stadiums.

"The FA expects us to take more responsibility and clamp down on poor behaviour. Clubs are now required to report offences to the police and to issue automatic stadium bans – or face heavy financial penalties."

Anyone entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs, throwing objects onto the picture or taking drugs should expect to receive a temporary or lifetime ban and risks criminal prosecution.

The statement continues: "We understand football is a passionate game, but using offensive language, making threats of violence and sexist or racist chanting does not help your team. It is damaging to our reputation as a family club and does not reflect the values of a supporter-owned, community football club.

"Everyone attending a football match has the right to feel welcome, safe and included, so if you see or hear something that concerns you, please report it to the nearest steward.

"Thank you for your continued support."

Chester FC will take on Oldham Athletic this weekend (Saturday, October 15 at 3pm) in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.