Newcastle United have released an official statement following the sad loss of Pavel Srnicek.

Tuesday afternoon brought news that the decision had been taken to turn off the life support machine, as there was no chance of the popular former Newcastle keeper recovering.

As well as speaking of their sadness at the news, the club has also informed supporters of what to do if they want to leave flowers in tribute to Pavel Srnicek.

Newcastle fans are invited to lay flowers at the Alder Sweeney memorial garden at St James Park.

The garden is situated in front of reception on the Milburn side of the stadium.

Newcastle United Official Statement

‘Pavel Srníček

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srníček today (Tuesday, 29th December).

Pavel was taken to hospital last week after suffering a cardiac arrest in his native Czech Republic and had been in an induced coma while tests continued.

Despite the best efforts of his medical team, Pavel was unable to recover and the decision had to be taken to switch off his life support machine with his family at his bedside. Pavel was just 47-years-old.

Srníček made 190 appearances for the Magpies over two spells at St. James’ Park, between 1991 and 1998, and 2006 and 2007.

The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Pavel’s family, many friends, former colleagues and supporters at this very difficult time.

Supporters wishing to lay flowers at St. James’ Park are welcome to do so at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden(***).’

(***The Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden was constructed in front of reception in the main Milburn Stand at St. James Park, it stands as a lasting tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney and all other Newcastle United supporters who have sadly passed away.