THE FOOTBALL Association has written to non-league clubs to remind them that spectators are not currently allowed at pre-season friendlies.

The FA says this applies until further notice to all clubs who are part of the non-league pyramid (steps one to seven) this includes local clubs Hereford FC, Westfields, Hereford Lads Club, Hereford Pegasus and Wellington.

After several pre-season friendlies saw fans attending last weekend Laurence Jones, head of the National League System has written to clubs to emphasis that matches must be held behind closed doors.

He said: "Over the weekend, as clubs returned to pre-season competitive fixtures, we understand some fixtures were played with spectators and, in a small number of cases, with a crowd in excess of 100.

"The guidance regarding gatherings is a clear Government issued position and as we me re-emphasise that all National League System pre-season fixtures should be played behind closed doors.

"Due to evidence received over this weekend we now need to extend behind closed doors to Regional NLS Feeder League Clubs (step seven) and this will also apply to pre-season matches played in an NLS or Regional NLS Feeder League ground, including, for example County FA or League Cup Finals.

"Whilst it is difficult to restrict spectators at a grassroots football fixture on a public recreation ground, this spectator guidance relates to low level numbers such as parents at a youth fixture in discrete six person gatherings and spread out."

The FA state that they have resubmitted a proposal for spectators at National League System and Women's Pyramid Games to DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport).