Aston Villa, Newcastle First EPL Crash Postponed Due To Covid-19

Aston Villa, Newcastle First EPL Crash Postponed Due To Covid-19
Aston Villa, Newcastle First EPL Crash Postponed Due To Covid-19

 

 

 

Newcastle United’s game against Premier League rivals Aston Villa on Friday was postponed following a “significant spike” in Covid-19 cases at the Magpies’ training ground.

Several Newcastle players and staff are self-isolating at home after giving positive test results. The club’s training ground at Darsley Park was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Newcastle submitted a request to the Premier League to postpone the match at Villa Park, which was approved. Aston Villa said they “fully support” the Premier League’s decision to postpone the match.

 

 

“Everyone at Aston Villa wishes a speedy recovery to all those affected by the virus,” added the club.

A new date and time for the game will be confirmed in the future.

 




 

This is the first Premier League match this season to be postponed due to Covid cases.

Newcastle coach Steve Bruce said on Friday, when his team won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, that three players and a staff member had tested positive.

 

 

On Monday, the training ground was closed on the recommendation of Public Health England North East (PHE) and remained closed for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

The Premier League said it agreed that Newcastle could not train and “safely prepare” for the game at Villa Park on Friday as a result.

 

 

 

 

After “extensive consultation” with both clubs, PHE and Premier League advisers, the league said the decision was made to suspend the match with “the health of the players and staff as a priority.”

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This week there will be more testing of the players and training ground staff. Newcastle, PHE and the Premier League will hold another meeting to assess the results and decide the next course of action.

Bruce’s team is scheduled to play on Saturday 12 December with a home game against West Bromwich Albion, before traveling to Leeds United four days later.