Club apologises as fans turned away
FIRSTLY, both clubs should be congratulated on Saturday's performance on and off the pitch, which was a ringing endorsement for non-league football.The capacity gate broke all records and would not have looked out of place in the Football League.
AFC Wimbledon and Chelmsford have issued a statement following Wimbledon's 3-1 win against the Clarets on Saturday, in front of more than 4,600 fans.
“FIRSTLY, both clubs should be congratulated on Saturday's performance on and off the pitch, which was a ringing endorsement for non-league football.
“The capacity gate broke all records and would not have looked out of place in the Football League.
“On the matter of the gate, the decision to make the fixture “pay-on-the-day” was taken after discussions between both clubs about the likely numbers travelling and with the support of the local police, and we apologise to the more than three hundred fans who were turned away disappointed on the day.
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“Both clubs are disappointed by the actions of one individual who decided to throw objects at the assistant referee. Both clubs are investigating the incident but should anyone have any information that may assist our enquiries, please contact an official of either club.
“Both Chelmsford City and AFC Wimbledon pride themselves on their well behaved and exceptional support and actions of this nature are taken very seriously.
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“The capacity crowd behaved exceptionally all afternoon and the lively but friendly banter that exists between the two clubs is something that we should be proud of.
“Both clubs are now looking forward to an exciting climax to the season which, after Saturday's result, is now wide open. We hope this will encourage more fans to attend matches at both clubs in the future.”