Chippenham Town have released a further statement over their stance regarding continuing the National League South season.

The club are among those to have been charged for not fulfilling a fixture(s), and have today said as part of an update:

“We can only speak for CTFC of course, but in our case, the charge letter was received yesterday (11 Feb 21) without any prior explanation from the National League as to why the reasons set out in our letter of 3 Feb 21 do not constitute ‘just cause’ for not playing the subject fixtures. We consider this a fundamental element of Rule 8.39 (shown in the charge letter) and have sent the National League a without prejudice holding response indicating that we will not respond formally to the charge until we have the National League’s urgent explanation as to why they consider the club is in breach of the rule.

“The club may further consider seeking legal advice before responding to the charge. As of now, the club’s position remains as in the chairman’s last statement.

“We continue to hope that in unprecedented times, common sense can prevail. Clinging to the rule book whilst at the same time refusing to communicate with clubs is unlikely to achieve anything positive in the short-term.”

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