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Non-League on naughty step after FA remind clubs to keep fans away

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The Football Association has sent out a stern reminder to Non-League clubs to keep fans away from their friendlies until coronavirus guidelines allow.

The FA wrote to competitions from Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System on Tuesday to remind them of their responsibilities after receiving reports that fans had been spotted at matches meant to be played behind closed doors.

The clarification that all pre-season games at Steps 1 to 6 must be played behind closed doors to stay within the Government’s guidelines also saw the ruling extended to include Step 7 as clubs started to get their warm-up campaigns underway.

The governing body also confirmed they’d resubmitted proposals to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for spectators to be allowed at next season’s National League System fixtures as soon as it is feasible.

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