Newcastle United Records Six New Cases of Coronavirus
Top English Premier League side Newcastle United who was scheduled to play against fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on Friday will no longer hold as there are multiple reports of coronavirus cases in their camp. The game has been postponed following a “significant increase” in Covid-19 cases at the Magpies’ training ground.
Five Newcastle United players have been confirmed positive for the virus with two staff members also positive for coronavirus. The report was made known by Matthew Raisbeck. The club’s training ground at Darsley Park was closed on Monday and Tuesday. Newcastle United lodged a request with the Premier League to postpone the fixture at Villa Park, which was approved.
Aston Villa says they “fully support” the Premier League’s decision to postpone the match. They also said: “Everybody at Aston Villa wishes a speedy recovery to all those affected by the virus.”
A new date and time for the game will be confirmed in the future. This is the first Premier League fixture this season to be postponed because of Covid cases. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said on Friday – when his team won 2-0 at Crystal Palace – that three players and one member of staff had tested positive.
On Monday, the training ground was shut on the advice of Public Health England North East (PHE) and remained closed on Tuesday. The Premier League said it agreed that Newcastle United was unable to train and “safely prepare” for the match at Villa Park. After an “extensive consultation” with both clubs, PHE and Premier League advisors, the league said the decision was made to call off the match with “the health of players and staff the priority”.