Newcastle United player reveals self-isolation after tweeting Piers Morgan

Rob Elliot has revealed that he and his family are self-isolating as a precaution after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper – who had been due to be on the bench at the weekend – made the revelation in a Twitter spat with journalist Piers Morgan.

In response to a tweet from Morgan saying NHS workers should get coronavirus tests ahead of footballers, Elliot said “I can only speak for myself. We’re not having the test and won’t ask to, just following the advice and supporting people as much as we can, like myself and my family self isolating because of symptoms. NHS staff are the heroes who we all want to support by following their advice.”

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Elliot, out of contract in the summer, had tweeted Morgan with a “message to journalists with no medical expertise”. The 33-year-old said: “Stop spreading fear, panic and undermining the experts just to push your own self promotion.”

Rob Elliot.Rob Elliot.
Rob Elliot.
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