14:30 7th February 2017
Chester Football Club are delighted to announce that, following receipt of our evidence defending the recent charge against the club, the FA have withdrawn the charge.
CEO Mark 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."