BARNSLEY’S historic West Stand at Oakwell has been closed until further notice by the club due to safety concerns.

The decision comes into effect immediately and around 1,000 Reds fans will need to be relocated.

No fans or directors will be allowed in the West Stand - though media will be able to sit in the press box.

Chief executive officer Khaled El-Ahmad said: “The safety and security of supporters and staff is of the utmost importance.

“I made a promise internally to staff and fans alike to be transparent regardless of how difficult the news is to share.

“The decision is purely based on a structural report and a number of West Stand specific crowd management challenges.

“With the history associated to the stand, in addition to the knowledge that a number of supporters have sat here for consecutive seasons, the club appreciates both the emotional and practical problems this decision brings.

“Please know that we have members of staff working tirelessly to implement solutions in time for our next home game.”