Barnet have said that allowing Saturday’s game with Hartlepool United to go ahead would have been ‘reckless’.

The National League fixture at The Hive was postponed on Friday night, with Barnet confirming a positive COVID-19 test.

The Bees have now released a further statement, explaining: “Currently, the club has four players affected following two separate incidents. One player was (and continues to be) self-isolating as a result of being in close contact with a positive-testing family member. Separately, a second player received a positive COVID-19 test result on Friday evening.

“The positive-testing player had been in very close contact with two other members of the Barnet first team, both of whom were then deemed at high risk of having being exposed. We discovered this on Friday evening and the players were tested early Saturday morning; we are now awaiting test results. Regardless of outcome, all three will now join the other player in self-isolating for the mandated period.

“The real concern is that the virus may have spread throughout the squad, but we are unable to be certain of this until we have the outcome of the two tests. Given results could not be provided prior to the match, it was considered reckless to allow the match to go ahead knowing that it could pose a serious and undue risk to both Barnet and Hartlepool players and staff.”

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