Barnsley FC have advised the EFL that the Club will be unable to fulfil Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool. Therefore, the game has been postponed.
Alongside long-term injuries, a large number of players and backroom staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
We apologise for the inconvenience of this postponement, and details regarding the rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated to our supporters in due course.
Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad said: “COVID-19 continues to test all individuals in all walks of life, be it logistically or financially. It was well documented following our FA Cup fixture that COVID-19 had infiltrated our squad. As the days progressed, it became clear that we would not be able to field a team on Wednesday evening and attention turned to quelling the outbreak and preventing further spread.
“I must note that it’s not just the playing staff that have been impacted, departments who interact on a daily basis with the players have also suffered. Thankfully, those individuals who returned a positive result remain in good spirits and are following NHS guidance closely.
“In light of Wednesday night’s postponement, we began asking questions regarding Saturday’s fixture. With the knowledge that this new variant is extremely transmissible, staff at Oakwell have respected the necessary guidance and plans to reduce potential transmission. I, of course share the frustration of our community, however the safety and well-being of our players and staff is of paramount importance.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to stay safe.”
Supporters who bought a single match ticket for this game and wish to attend the rearranged fixture should retain their ticket as it will remain valid.
Fans with single match tickets for this fixture who would prefer a refund should contact the Box Office.
Tickets for our trip to Birmingham City next weekend remain on sale.