Newcastle United’s Head of Security Steve Storey has assured fans attending the club’s important game with Leicester City that safety measures are in place Saturday’s game at St James’ Park.
There was news today that we had reported on earlier today that the Premier League ha snow announced that clubs will play the French National Anthem – the La Marseillaise – before the games over the weekend as a tribute and in memory of those who tragically lost their lives in the Paris attacks on Friday night.
The teams will also wear black armbands and the French flag will be flown over St. James’ Park.
“Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do.
“We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK.”
“The clubs have been fully briefed in context of the current guidance from national security services and are liaising with their local police forces to ensure the appropriate security and safety measures are in place for their matches and stadiums.”
After the announcement from the Premier league Newcastle United put this out on their web-site:
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.”
This is an excellent move by the Premier League and the subsequent arrangements made by Newcastle United.