Chester say that the club’s National League funding allocation is ‘significantly lower than anticipated’ and will not cover lost matchday revenue for three months.

The Blues have been advised that they will receive £36,000 a month for October to December from the National Lottery funding being allocated to clubs.

The National League North club have said in a statement: “As a club, we welcome this vital grant aid and wish to place on record our appreciation to the National League, the Football Association, Government and, in particular, The National Lottery. We recognise there are other clubs within the football pyramid and indeed other sectors who have had restrictions imposed upon them without financial support.

“However, our allocation is significantly lower than anticipated and will not cover the matchday revenue our club has lost from playing behind closed doors for three months. We will therefore be seeking clarification about the formula the National League has used to determine the monthly allocations, which, in the opinion of our club, has resulted in unfair and unjustified distributions across the three divisions.

“We also have concerns the allocations do not align with the stated objective of this financial support, which was to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning from 1 October.”

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