Southampton fire: Championship game against Preston postponed after blaze near St Mary’s Stadium

Southampton’s match against Preston North End in the Championship has been postponed after a fire broke out near St Mary’s Stadium.

The blaze started from industrial units on Marine Parade, close to Southampton’s home stadium just after 13:00GMT on Wednesday.

Both clubs, alongside the English Football League, announced that the match had been postponed at 16:05 following consultation with local authorities.

Southampton confirmed the decision to postpone the game in a statement which read: “The decision was made after consultation with the local authorities and emergency services after a major fire broke out in a building next to the St Mary’s Stadium site earlier today.

“The incident has caused significant disruption in the area with road closures around the stadium still in place as fire crews continue to deal with the situation.

“We are grateful for the cooperation of Preston and the EFL, and while we appreciate the disappointment fans may feel, we hope they will understand the need to put the safety of supporters and staff of both clubs first.

“The game will be postponed to a new date, which will be announced in due course, and all tickets for tonight’s match will be valid for the rearranged fixture.”

Preston added that they will assess potential compensation for their fans who made the journey to Southampton for the game.

“The club would like to thank supporters who have made the long journey to support the team and wish everyone a safe journey home,” Preston’s statement read. “An announcement will be made on Thursday regarding any potential compensation arrangements for travelling fans.”

(Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

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