Barnsley blast EFL & ‘blatant disregard for sporting integrity’

Barnsley have hit out at the English Football League in a strong statement blasting a “blatant disregard for sporting integrity” in the Championship.

The Tykes managed to avoid relegation by one point but the club have called for a “change to the system”.

Barnsley have been one of the clubs most vocal when it comes to the recent legal cases plaguing the Championship, with Sheffield Wednesday and Derby both charged by the EFL, while Wigan Athletic have entered administration.

The Owls and Derby have both been charged with financial misconduct in relation to the sale and leasing back of their stadiums, accusations which the clubs refute.

In a statement, Barnsley said: “The 2019/2020 season has been fraught with tribulation on and off the field. Through it all, our staff, players, supporters and community have continued to believe and fight, side by side. Foremost, this is a statement of sincere gratitude to those who pushed themselves for the betterment of our Club. To our squad, led by Gerhard (Struber) and his staff, thank you for your desire and passion to battle to the bitter end. We look forward to a bright future with this group in continuing the pursuit of competitive growth, as a Sky Bet Championship Club.

“Not enough can be said about the commitment of Club personnel and those key workers that allowed us to return to play. Barnsley Football Club is indebted to your service. Most importantly, to our supporters and the Barnsley community, your steadfast care for this Club should never be forgotten. In the toughest of times, in a world unseen, our supporters were there for their Club.

“In the end we persevered to remain in the Championship. There are a host of reasons why Barnsley Football Club took the fight for safety to the last day. Mistakes made internally and on the field; a bad bounce or run of luck. As a Club, we accept the challenges of 19/20 that were our own and we must subjectively assess our performance.

“What Barnsley Football Club cannot accept is the blatant disregard for sporting/competitive integrity and the lack of governance in our division.

The Riverside Stadium

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“Clubs were charged with breaching rules surrounding Financial Fair Play and harming the EFL and its members. One ownership group, (which was approved by the EFL), failed in their duty to provide the requisite support to their respective Championship organisation. One other ownership group completed a takeover and provided funding to a Club without ever being approved by the EFL to become owners of that Club. Another competitor has yet to pay a transfer fee to Barnsley Football Club that was due in August of 2019. Several clubs have been delinquent in payment to…

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