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Bradley Dack left outraged at very late Championship postponement

Bradley Dack has been left outraged at the late Championship postponement of Hull v Blackburn just two hours before kick off.

Hull have informed the EFL that they would be unable to fulfil the fixture at the MKM Stadium due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases in their squad.

However the Blackburn midfielder was left far from pleased with the match not going ahead and tweeted “Shambles” in reply to a club tweet.

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HULL STATEMENT:

Today’s match at home to Blackburn Rovers has been postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases in our squad, and therefore we are unable to field the required number of players for the game.

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 already purchased will be valid for the new date of the fixture. 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.

The ticket office will be open 9.30am–4pm from 29th-31st December to start processing refunds.

Refunds can be done in Tiger Leisure, over the phone on 01482 505600 or by emailing sales.centre@wearehullcity.co.uk stating the payment reference number (which can be found on the email confirmation or ticket) along with the first 12 digits of the card you paid for the tickets with and expiry date.

BLACKBURN STATEMENT:

Today’s Boxing Day fixture against Hull City has been postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases in the Tigers squad.

As a result, the hosts are unable to field the required number of players for the game to go ahead.

Following further confirmed positive cases this morning, Hull City informed the EFL that they would be unable to fulfil the fixture.

Rovers would like to apologise to our supporters who have made the journey over to the MKM Stadium for the disappointment and inconvenience caused by the late notice of the postponement.

Details about a date for the rearranged game, along with ticketing information, will be announced in due course.

It means that nine Championship games on the 26th of December and many more more across the EFL have been called off because of Covid-19 cases.

Premier League

Liverpool v Leeds – Sunday December 26
Wolves v Watford – Sunday December 26
Burnley v Everton – Sunday December 26
Leeds v Aston Villa – Tuesday December 28

Championship

Barnsley v Stoke City – Sunday December 26
Cardiff City v Coventry City – Sunday December 26
Fulham v Birmingham City – Sunday December 26
Hull v Blackburn – Sunday December 26
Luton Town v Bristol City  Sunday December 26
Millwall v Swansea City – Sunday December 26
Peterborough v Reading – Sunday December 26
Preston North End v Sheffield United – Sunday December 26
Swansea City v Luton Town – Wednesday December 29
West Brom v Preston – Thursday December 30

League One

AFC Wimbledon v Charlton – Sunday December 26
Bolton Wanderers v Morecambe – Sunday December 26
Crewe Alexandra v Wigan Athletic – Sunday December 26
Gillingham v Ipswich Town – Sunday December 26
Portsmouth v Oxford United– Sunday December 26
Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion – Sunday December 26
Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United – Sunday December 26
Charlton v Gillingham – Wednesday December 29
Cambridge United v Doncaster Rovers – Thursday December 30

League Two

Bradford City v Harrogate Town – Sunday December 26
Bristol Rovers v Sutton United – Sunday December 26
Colchester v Leyton Orient – Sunday December 26
Exeter City v Swindon Town – Sunday December 26
Newport County v Forest Green Rovers – Sunday December 26
Northampton Town v Walsall – Sunday December 26
Port Vale v Salford City – Sunday December 26
Stevenage v Crawley Town – Sunday December 26
Forest Green v Exeter City – Wednesday December 29
Leyton Orient v Newport County – Wednesday December 29
Walsall v Bradford City – Wednesday December 29 

Twitter users reacted just as Bradley Dack was left outraged at the very late Championship postponement…

@TomGree99562357: Premier League and EFL need to have a long hard look at themselves and the rules they’re implementing, mental

@JE22_JCK: We know it isn’t their fault but you can’t be postponing a game this close to kick off. Play or forfeit.

@_Aaron_Holt_01: Lads let’s not blame Blackburn, let’s blame Hull, the @EFL need to bring in new rules for to state how long before a game you can postpone for covid

@ExileAryui: I’m sorry lads we just didn’t wanna get our arses kicked today! Terrible management from the EFL today we knew this morning we were out of players! Sorry boys happy new year

@declanmarsden: On behalf of all us @Rovers fans travelling there today. That is an absolute shambles @HullCity. 2 hours before KO.

@riley08ben: nothing for us to be sorry about. absolutely shocking from hull. needs appealing

@mymatehaydn: Lateral flow tests take 20 mins, surely 9am would be a better time to take tests rather than 1pm 🤦🤦🤦

@Leap_year_man: @HullCity clearly had no intention of fulfilling the fixture hence the ridiculously late announcement about the positive covid tests from them we should receive the points for that need the @EFL to sort this out it’s a shambles

@rhodesy_92: I’d be wounded if I was a Blackburn fan right about now. What a shambles. Did they not test this morning ffs…

@BRFCJonny: Ridiculous, 3000 Rovers fans going over today and cancelled two hours before kick off!

@Graeme57: This is appalling for those of us who have made the trip.

@maxiboii__: Fucking awful, some are already at Hull and loads are just round the corner. The call should’ve been made this morning and it’s disgusting. Should be a forfeit and 3 points to rovers

@YesMikeOxlong: Feel so sorry for all fans and anyone who travelled, cancelled plans over Christmas for that, absolute joke.

@tonyatthehop: This is bad news, but the good news is that if you are looking for a something to fill the extra time, The Hop and Vine is still open till 4pm – longer if people are still here drinking! 🍻

@99cn_: On what planet is 1pm a reasonable time to find out test results?

@rachaelheath37: Gotta feel for the traveling fans. we’re literally just leaving the house as the youngest shouts down the stairs the games gone all of us jump on Twitter thinking he’s winding us up .
Doesn’t bode well for Sheff Utd away

@trainfanmatt: 2 hours before kick off on Boxing Day. Fans, particularly away fans, being taken for absolute mugs here

@leednorth: IMO this is too close to kick off for cancellation and a decision should have been made at least last night.

@FMworx_: Obvious it was going to be called off, The mighty Rovers was decending on them to destroy. Hull should stick to Rugby 🤨😏

@JMRphin: @HullCity need to take some responsibility here. As should any team who cancel a game at such short notice when it’s their squad at fault. Weather postponements are one thing. But we meant to believe multiple players all catch it & only know 2 hrs pre-kick off? Absolute bollocks.

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