The defender, now at Rotherham United, moved to the Tigers in a deal worth around £750,000 – with his time in East Yorkshire blighted by illness and injury.
Hull refused to pay the remaining £200,000 owned in November, 2019 after claiming that they were not aware of the fact that MacDonald suffered from an iron deficiency.
The case went to arbitration and following a lengthy legal battle, the case has found in Hull’s favour with Barnsley ordered to pay their Yorkshire rivals £958,716.94
The case was heard by Nicholas Stewart QC, Edwin Glasgow QC and Jonathan Bellamy on the EFL’s arbitration panel, who made it ‘clear there was no dishonesty by anyone’ relating to the case.
A brief club statement issued by Barnsley said: “Barnsley FC acknowledge the disclosure of legal findings from a dispute between themselves and Hull City Tigers.
“Individuals associated with this matter are no longer employed by Barnsley FC and have not been in post for a number of years.
“Barnsley FC now consider the case closed and due to the sensitivity of the comments, will not comment further.”
Hull City are not commenting on any of the findings.
Barnsley players, minus their international contingent, are currently recharging their batteries ahead of what promises to be one of the most definitive run-ins for the club in their history, with the Reds positioned in fifth place in the Championship and firmly in the promotion mix.
Two key players in their recent rise in Daryl Dike and Michal Helik are on duty with the USA and Poland respectively, with the performance of the former being the one main positive to take in their disappointing weekend loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Dike produced a strong display and was the subject of two failed penalty shouts against Owls players following challenges on the Barnsley striker.
Reds captain Alex Mowatt said; “He is massive and we kick it to him and all play off him as he is so strong. It has been good for us to have him in.
“I thought both were penalties from where I was stood. But sometimes you get them and sometimes, you don’t.”
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