BARNSLEY’S first pre-season game has been called off because of public health requirements.

The Reds were set to face travel to AFC Fylde tomorrow but the game was cancelled as the home side needed everyone entering the ground to provide evidence that they aren’t Covid positive - something the club said was ‘unworkable’ at such short notice.

A spokesperson for AFC Fylde said: “The club has made the difficult decision to postpone Tuesday’s home pre-season friendly against Barnsley due to Covid-19 restrictions placed on us by the Director of Public Health at very short notice.

“Fylde were given Lancashire County Council’s approval to host Championship outfit Barnsley with a reduced capacity on Tuesday July 6.

“However, this afternoon the club has received a directive highlighting the need for a mandatory negative Covid test to be evidenced for entry into the stadium.

“Any fans who may have recently attended Wembley Stadium for England matches will know what a complex operation this is and how difficult it is for both stewards and fans alike.

“To comply properly, this would require extensive planning to implement this system, which is not possible for a club of our size and therefore regrettably we have had to postpone the match.”