“Shambles,” is how Bradley Dack described the decision to postpone Blackburn Rovers’ fixture against Hull City just TWO hours prior to kick-off.
Hull City declared that they were unable to fulfil the meeting at the MKM Stadium after recording more positive Covid cases on Saturday morning.
After communicating their situation with the EFL, both club and governing body decided that the fixture should be postponed despite Rovers travelling to the ground ready to play the fixture.
And it’s not just the players who have been left irked and disappointed – the squad travelled to a hotel yesterday evening having spent most of Christmas Day away from their families – with just under 3,000 Rovers supporters travelling to Humberside, only for their journey to be deemed pointless despite the money invested and time consumed.
Dack’s response aptly describes Rovers’ perspective on the matter while several other players voiced their frustration on Twitter.
Bradley Johnson posted: “Gutted games been called off at such short notice…nothing we can do! Feel for the fans who have travelled up already or on their way!”
Tayo Edun added: “Frustrating news about the game being called off. Wishing all the fans a safe journey back home!”
Tyrhys Dolan said: “Gutted for all the travelling supporters who made the trip down, shambles to be called off 2 hours before kick off. Once again thankyou for the support and safe journey back.”
And John Buckley, who was itching to play this afternoon, stated: “Ridiculous how a game can be called off 2 hours before kick off. Feel for the fans that have made the long trip.”
Rovers recorded no new positive Covid cases prior to kick-off with staff doing their utmost to ensure that the match went ahead.
A statement from Hull City said: “Following more confirmed positive cases this morning, the club have informed the EFL that we would be unable to fulfil the fixture and the match will now be rearranged.
“All individuals who have tested positive are self-isolating as per government guidelines.
“We apologise to both sets of supporters for the disappointment and inconvenience caused by the late notice, but the health and wellbeing of our players and staff must be our priority.
“A rearranged date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.”
Tickets for the fixture will remain valid for the rearranged date. Supporters who cannot attend the re-arranged fixture can get a refund up to 72 hours prior to the new date’s kick-off time.
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