Newcastle United issue coronavirus statement following key Premier League decision

Newcastle United have issued a statement following the suspension of the Premier League.

St James's Park.
St James's Park.

The league today made the decision to suspend fixtures until April 4 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from the club read: “Newcastle United’s next two first team matches have been postponed after the Premier League, EFL and Football Association announced a suspension of all professional games in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The Magpies were due to face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday before hosting Manchester City in an Emirates FA Cup quarter final tie a week later.

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“The Premier League has stated its intention that matches will resume on April 4 – when Newcastle United are scheduled to travel to AFC Bournemouth – subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

“Supporters with tickets for either the Premier League match against Sheffield United or Emirates FA Cup tie with Manchester City should retain their tickets, which will be valid for any respective rearranged games.

“Meanwhile, Friday's Under-23s fixture with Aston Villa at Whitley Park has also been postponed, with Under-23s and Academy football suspended in line with the first team. Announcements on future matches will be made in due course.”

The club added: “The club can confirm that no players or technical staff currently have coronavirus or are exhibiting any symptoms.”