Spireites get ‘yellow card’ over trouble

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The Football Association does not propose to take any further action against Chesterfield FC following a pitch invasion during last month’s home game against Bury and the alleged assault on Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford.

The quick action taken by the club in identifying people involved, the increase in the number of match day stewards and the issue of a clear warning to fans about future behaviour seems to have had a positive result.

But the FA reserves the right to return to the matter if there is any further spectator misconduct at the B2net Stadium.

Chairman Barrie Hubbard said: “In football terms we have been yellow carded but it could have been so much worse because the FA has a wide range of sanctions at its disposal.

“The strong line the club has taken in conjunction with the Police, and the clear warning to fans about future behaviour, which was so impeccably observed at the Gillingham game, has clearly all been taken into account.”

He added: “The fans have shown they can behave and celebrate in a responsible manner and this is the standard expected at all future matches.”

The club has issued stadium bans to 17 people identified to have been involved in misconduct at the Bury game and investigations continue.