World News – UK – Newcastle talks to Premier League about possible Aston Villa postponement


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Newcastle United are in dialogue with the Premier League about the possible postponement of their game against Aston Villa this Friday after the squad was ordered to stay away from their training grounds following a coronavirus outbreak.

At the weekend it turned out that five people in the first team bubble had tested positive for Covid-19. After another round of testing on Sunday, other players also returned positive tests.

The club’s training ground has been closed since the weekend and the players haven’t trained since last Thursday – the day they traveled to London for their match with Crystal Palace.

The first team squad has been ordered to stay at home until further notice. Another test round will take place on Wednesday.

Sky Sports News was told that the Premier League is now dealing with any situation on a case-by-case basis, based on previous guidelines from the pandemic that a team would be forced to play if they did not have 14 players unavailable.

At this point, Newcastle has yet to formally appeal to postpone the game – but high-level talks are ongoing.

Newcastle are concerned about the lack of preparation time for the squad and the feeling that this is at a disadvantage for them.

You also have concerns about traveling to another area of ​​the country and other potential infections.

If postponed, Aston Villa vs Newcastle would be the first Premier League game to be played after the project was restarted due to the pandemic.

After beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Friday night, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: « It’s a problem and difficult to deal with. We try our best to make sure we stay as safe as possible.

« Of course, it’s not just about the well-being of the players, which is of crucial importance, but also about my staff. We’ll do our best, but it’s difficult right now. « 

Newcastle will face Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Sky Sports Premier League live on Friday night to continue their impressive away form in the Premier League. Newcastle have only lost once this season.

Newcastle is one of ten clubs to fall under Tier 3 of the government’s new coronavirus restrictions, which will be launched on Jan.. December come into force and deny fans the opportunity to participate in games at the St. James’ Park.

Bruce says the return of fans is a « step in the right direction » but wondered why larger stadiums are unable to accommodate larger numbers of socially distant fans.

« I can understand that 4. 000 fans [return] if there is a stadium with 8. There are 000 seats, but what I can’t quite digest right now is why there are only 4. 000 or 2. 000 when we have the capacity to get in anywhere comfortably. « the region of 15. 000 to 20. 000 people in, « he said.

« It’s a step in the right direction and a small gesture. For the smaller clubs 4. 000 or 2. 000 a welcome relief because they live on it. « 

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