The Covid-19 outbreak in Premier League, Newcastle vs Aston Villa Postponed

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English Premier League has postponed Friday fixture due to Covid-19 spread concerns. This is big news for the involved parties, which already have been hit with a financial crisis this season. The Premier League has accepted the proposal from Newcastle United camp to Postpone Friday night clash with Aston Villa.

Here’s the complete Premier League Statement :-

Following a Premier League Board meeting today, Newcastle United’s fixture at Aston Villa, due to be played at 20:00 GMT, Friday 4 December, has been postponed.

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.

Newcastle correctly notified PHE regarding a number of positive COVID-19 test results, which is standard practice under Government and Premier League guidelines.

PHE convened a meeting with Newcastle and the Premier League yesterday to assess the situation and advised the club’s training ground should remain closed and no group training would be permitted between players until Friday at the earliest.

All players and training ground staff will be re-tested this week and another meeting between the club, PHE and the Premier League will take place to assess the test results.

The Premier League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture against Aston Villa in due course.

This comes after news broke on Tuesday morning that at least 10 Newcastle players have been tested positive for coronavirus and all training ground activities have been put on hold indefinitely.

The stadium and facilities have been shut down. Players have been sent home for a self-isolation period.

In last week’s pre-match conference manager Steve Bruce revealed that 3 players have been left out of the squad after having been tested positive for Covid and are home quarantining.

Also, star forward Wilfried Zaha have been self-isolating at home due to being Covid positive. Many Crystal Palace players should have caught the virus due to being in contact with Covid positive Newcastle players during the match but no news from that side.

To contain this virus, I think first and foremost these travels need to be stopped due to international breaks and UEFA competitions these can be held at the end. A close domestic football bubble should be created with no interference. But that’s never going to happen as money matter the most.

Anyway, we wish Newcastle players a speedy recovery and hope they will hit the ground running after this little break.

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