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Fans can still attend non-league football

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FANS will still be allowed to attend games at non-league football in the town, despite the increased coronavirus restrictions.

The Government and FA have confirmed that the current arrangements, that enables up to 600 fans to attend games at step three of the non-league system, will continue.

That means Warrington Town’s two home games in the next week – against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday and Atherton Collieries on Tuesday – will go ahead as planned with tickets available via the club website and a cash turnstile open on match day.

The Yellows have attracted near capacity crowds for three pre-season friendlies and Tuesday night’s cup tie with South Shields.

Warrington Rylands, who play two levels below the Yellows in the North West Counties League at step five, will be able to welcome crowds up to 300.

Meanwhile, Warrington Town have identified the culprit responsible for an alleged racist incident at the end of their FA Cup defeat to South Shields.

Details of the offender, together with video footage of the incident, which occurred at the end of a penalty shootout that the Yellows lost 6-5, have been supplied to Police.

It is believed that the individual is already serving a three-year banning order from Football League grounds, and had been in the process of appealing that ban, which was enforced back in 2018.

The incident was reported by South Shields players and management to the match officials, who then relayed the information to Yellows club officials, who swiftly released a statement condemning the actions and stating that the individual would be banned from Cantilever Park.

South Shields released a statement earlier today welcoming the swift action taken by Warrington, and said the club “abhors racism and discrimination of all forms and will continue to do all it can to eradicate such deplorable behaviour from the game.”

Elsewhere, Rylands apologised to anyone offended by “bad language” heard on the live stream of their FA Cup victory over Whitby Town.

The Seasiders posted an apology of their own after a clip including an alleged homophobic slur was shared on social media.

The game, which Rylands won on penalties, was streamed live on Facebook Live as local coronavirus restrictions meant the game was played behind closed doors.

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