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FAW issues new goalpost guidelines after Casey Breese's death in Caersws

Welsh football clubs have been issued with new guidelines over the use of goal posts after the death of a 12-year-old boy in Powys.

Casey Breese, from Caersws, near Newtown, died on 29 July last year when goal posts fell on him.

The boy's death prompted the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to launch an inquiry into unsupervised pitches.

The seven new guidelines include instructions to dismantle and properly store portable goals not in use.

Clubs are also prevented from using home-made goal posts, which have been altered from their original size.

In a letter to clubs and area associations, FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: "Following the recent tragic events at the beginning of this season involving the use of portable goal posts, the Football Association of Wales considers it appropriate that all football clubs in Wales are provided with guidelines to ensure the safe and correct use of goal posts at all times.

"Safety must also always be of paramount importance both when goal posts are being used for a match or training purposes, and when not in use and are stored away."

Phil Woosnam, secretary of the Spar Mid Wales League, welcomed the FAW's new guidelines.

He said: "What happened last year is something that thankfully doesn't happen that often.

"Our league clubs are very good at looking after their goal posts, but parks and recreational areas can be dangerous and we need to get town and community councils, which often maintain these pitches, on board."

Casey's mother Sian told BBC Wales she "hopes this never happens again".

Casey was playing football at a recreation ground in Caersws, near the village football club's pitch, when the incident happened last year.

An inquest opened shortly after his death revealed he suffered liver trauma and crush injuries.

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