Newcastle United has postponed Friday's Premier League game against Aston Villa following an increase in COVID-19 cases at the North East club's training center.
Earlier in the day, the Newcastle United squad was forced to steer clear off the training ground after the club's five individuals tested positive for coronavirus. Newcastle were set to host Villa at Villa Park this Friday but the Premier League has released a statement claiming the match will not proceed as scheduled.
"Newcastle lodged a request with the Premier League to rearrange the game following a significant increase in COVID-19 cases at the club which resulted in Public Health England North East (PHE) advising that their training facilities remain closed," a statement from the Premier League read.
"The Premier League Board agreed, as a consequence, that the club are unable to train and adequately and safely prepare for their match on Friday."
"The decision has been taken in consultation with Newcastle United and Aston Villa - and following extensive consultation with PHE and Premier League medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority."
This is the first time coronavirus has caused a top-flight match in England to be called off this season.
Following a Premier League Board meeting today, Newcastle United’s fixture at Aston Villa, due to be played at 20:00 GMT Friday 4 December, has been postponed— Premier League (@premierleague) December 1, 2020
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