The match scheduled between Newcastle and Aston Villa on Friday became the first in the English Premier League to be postponed due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus in the first ranks, as announced by the League of League.
Since the Premier League resumed to end the previous season, no match has been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19.
Several players and members of the coaching staff in Newcastle have contracted Covid-19, which led to the club closing its training headquarters.
A statement issued by the Association said, “Newcastle submitted a request to the English Premier League to reprogram the match after it became evident that the number of injuries in its ranks with Covid-19 increased, which led to the request of the English health sector in the northeast of the country from the club to close its training grounds,” noting that “The board of directors of the English Premier League considered that the club had not trained in the appropriate and safe way to prepare for the match Friday.”
Newcastle coach Steve Bruce canceled a training session for the team on Sunday, after four players and one of the club employees tested positive for Covid-19.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the club has decided to close its training center completely, and is not expected to reopen until Wednesday at best.
For its part, the “Daily Telegraph” newspaper also mentioned that other positive cases were discovered from the tests, whose results arrived on Monday.
She indicated that if training resumed on Wednesday, the players would come and leave directly, without entering the buildings.
The team and the staff were isolated at home, but the situation became difficult for Newcastle, who is already deprived of five players due to injury, during the match in which they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 Friday.
The authorities have put in place strict rules stipulating that matches shall be held as long as the two opposing teams can present at least 11 players and three substitutes in the regulations.
The postponement of the match may be harsh in an already crowded calendar, about which many coaches complain due to successive injuries due to physical exertion.
Newcastle is part of the “third level” region, along with Manchester, which is the highest risk for the spread of Covid-19, according to the authorities’ classification of the areas where the most severe measures will be, starting from Wednesday.
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