Official Club Statement Released: Newcastle v Leicester arrangements after Paris attacks
In the wake of the terrorist Paris attacks last Friday and subsequent events, Newcastle United have released a club statement detailing what the plans are for Saturday.
The Newcastle v Leicester match will see players and match officials gather around the centre circle for La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.
The wording will be displayed on the giant screen in the Leazes/East Stand corner.
French flags will also fly over the East Stand as a mark or respect to all of those touched by the tragic events.
In addition, all players will wear black armbands.
United’s head of security, Steve Storey, says that the safety of fans has been given the utmost priority but if anybody has any concerns on matchday, they should alert the nearest police officer or steward.
Official Newcastle United statement
‘UNITED WITH FRANCE
Following the statement made by the Premier League this afternoon, Newcastle United can confirm arrangements are in place at St. James’ Park to show solidarity with France following last Friday’s attacks in Paris.
Prior to kick-off on Saturday, players and match officials will gather around the centre circle for the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. The wording of the anthem will be displayed on the stadium screen.
French Tricolore flags will also fly above the East Stand on the day of the game as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives and United’s players will wear black armbands.
The club is reassuring supporters that their safety remains of paramount importance.
Steve Storey, head of safety and security at Newcastle United, said: “The safety of supporters remains our utmost priority and we have fully reviewed our protocols in line with current guidance from the national security services and the Premier League.
“Following consultation with Northumbria Police, we would like to reassure supporters that appropriate safety and security measures are in place at St. James’ Park.
“We ask that supporters come and enjoy Saturday’s game as they usually would and to please speak to their nearest steward or police officer should they have any concerns.”
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