Premier League clash postponed due to COVID outbreak at Newcastle training ground
Written by Rother Radio News on 01/12/2020
Newcastle’s Premier League match against Aston Villa on Friday has been postponed due to a “significant increase in COVID-19 cases” at the North East club’s training centre.
It is the first time coronavirus has caused a top-flight match in England to be called off this season.
The 2019-20 campaign went into hibernation back in March and did not return until June, as the first national lockdown began to ease.
The current season kicked off in September and had until now gone off without a hitch, with fans set to be allowed back into some stadiums from this month – depending on which tier of England’s new restrictions they fall into.
A Premier League statement read: “Newcastle lodged a request with the Premier League to rearrange the game following a significant increase in COVID-19 cases at the club which resulted in Public Health England North East (PHE) advising that their training facilities remain closed.
“The Premier League Board agreed, as a consequence, that the club are unable to train and adequately and safely prepare for their match on Friday.
“The decision has been taken in consultation with Newcastle United and Aston Villa – and following extensive consultation with PHE and Premier League medical advisors, with the health of players and staff the priority.”
© Sky News 2020