Official statement Southampton v Newcastle postponed – Individuals won’t be named
Southampton v Newcastle is off.
An official Newcastle United statement (see below) confirming the news on Friday.
No great surprise to anybody, with Thursday’s visit to Everton having already been called off and media reports bringing claims that further positive Covid tests had impacted on NUFC this week, as well as Isaac Hayden having a knee operation which is set to keep him out for months.
In their official statement, Newcastle United included this: ‘The club will not be naming individuals who have contracted Covid-19 or their vaccination status. We ask that their privacy is respected and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.’
Legally, the club couldn’t name names anyway, unless it was with the express permission of each affected player.
Whilst nothing really to be gained by anybody, if making public who has tested positive.
Here’s hoping a clean bill of health very soon for all concerned as we move into 2022.
Newcastle United official statement on Southampton v Newcastle match:
‘Sunday’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle United at St. Mary’s Stadium has been postponed due to ongoing Covid-19 cases and injuries amongst the Magpies’ first team squad.
The match is the second successive Newcastle United fixture to be postponed following the cancellation of Thursday’s scheduled game at Everton, with several players and staff having succumbed to illness and injury over the festive period.
In accordance with protocol, the Magpies submitted a separate request to the Premier League to postpone the trip to the south coast, and this has been approved by the Premier League Board.
Both away fixtures will now be rescheduled and new dates and times will be confirmed in due course.
Newcastle United once again thanks the respective clubs and the Premier League for their cooperation and understanding.
The club also extends its sincere apologies to supporters affected by both postponements and asks them to retain their tickets.
The club will not be naming individuals who have contracted Covid-19 or their vaccination status. We ask that their privacy is respected and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.
For the latest coronavirus guidance, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.
To find out more about vaccinations and how to book one, please visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine.’
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