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Report – Premier League Matches Will Not Be Played Behind Closed Doors ‘As Things Stand’



On Saturday, Sky News put out a report about the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport having a meeting on Monday to put plans in place for different scenarios involving the coronavirus.

The meeting was held in London, and the Mirror have published some details of what was discussed.

They are reporting that Premier League clubs have been told to make plans for the potential of future games being played to empty stadiums. However, at the moment, that course of action is not necessary.

This is the statement released from the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport:

“Based upon the current scientific advice from the Government’s medical experts, there is no rationale to close or cancel sporting events as things stand.

“We will remain in regular dialogue with sports governing bodies and broadcasters, ensuring they are in receipt of the most up to date guidance from the health authorities.”

So as of now, Newcastle’s match this weekend against Sheffield United at St James Park will be unaffected. That should also be the case for the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City on the following Saturday.

Earlier on Monday, French authorities restricted attendance for Ligue 1 matches to just 1,000 fans until April 15th. This will also affect the Champions League match between PSG and Dortmund scheduled for Wednesday in Paris.

Italy now faces a country-wide quarantine due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases. Some matches in Serie A had to be played behind closed doors over the past few weeks.


83 comments so far

  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if the clubs will refund fans for the final few games. Force Majeure will come into play so I doubt it. Mind u a quarter of our fans got free tickets anyway.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 10, 2020 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Aston Villa are doomed. Their remaining fixtures are tough.
    Chelsea H
    Wolves H
    Liverpool A
    Man Utd H
    Palace H
    Everton A
    Arsenal H
    WHU A
    Newcastle United A has to be squeezed in somewhere.
    I cannot see them getting anymore than 8 points out of those games,

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #3

    We look safe Novocastrian, but next season has to be better. We cant rely on Dubravka and luck again. Its an entertainment business and who is going to pay after what weve seen this year. Our three best games were West Ham, Burnley draw, and Southampton. Theyre the only games we deserved to win and Soton had ten men. Season tickets will be very low next year for many reasons.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2020 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #4

    https://en.onefootball.com/southampton-owner-gao-jisheng-puts-club-up-for-sale-for-250m/

    So, he bought 80% for £210m, sold 30% of that (24% of the club), for £148m, and his current holding of 56% he allegedly wants £250m for, that values the club at £446m.

    Makes £350m for us look like a bargain.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2020 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Although the Express aren’t mentioning the 24% sell off to the Chinese Lander Sports, they’re saying it’s £250m for his 80% holding, valuing the club at £312m, which is par for the course and makes ashLIE’s valuation of £350 look right.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1252424/Southampton-Gao-Jisheng-club-up-for-sale-250-million

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone seen the statement from Charlton Athletic? Looks like they may be the next failure in the EPL. A greedy lying owner who never passed the “good and proper” test…

    https://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/matt-southall-issues-statement-after-tahnoon-nimer-pulls-his-backing-of-charlton-athletic/

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  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Fit and Proper
    You don’t have to be good
    Just fit

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #8

    GUARDIAN – Saint-Maximin’s star continues to rise

    “Yeah, yeah, whatever youse wanna write,” said Steve Bruce, indifferent as a journalist suggested there are shades of Adama Traoré about Allan Saint-Maximin following the jet-heeled Newcastle winger’s latest star turn. It took Traoré time to tap into his talent at Wolves after underwhelming spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and, as much as Saint-Maximin remains a rough diamond, it is difficult to escape the sense that the sky’s the limit for the 22-year-old. His progress at Newcastle has been a slow-burner but Saint-Maximin’s searing pace is proving increasingly difficult for defences to combat. Bruce acknowledged Saint-Maximin offers an X-factor sorely lacking at St James’ Park in recent years. “If you haven’t seen him, I suggest you buy a ticket to come and watch him.”
    Ben Fisher

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  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #9

    ASM and Traore are totally different
    AT is a physical freak using speed and strength
    ASM full of guile and trickery
    No wonder Bruce cannot be arsed with journos

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #10

    The game on the south coast was another opportunity to bed in the 4231 formation. The next match will be the greatest challenge and I would presume Bruce will had hoped his strikers would have looked more at ease in front of goal by now. The defensive Burnley came for a draw, W.Brom were in truth lesser opposition and Southampton hobbled themselves. The mighty Blades will soon cut through us and expose any frailties in our organisation, lets just hope ASM can keep scoring.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Re the virus:

    Jim Pickard@PickardJE

    Bor*s J*hnson is currently telling the public to “behave responsibly and think about others”

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne@8
    Bruce acknowledged Saint-Maximin offers an X-factor sorely lacking at St James’ Park in recent years.
    “If you haven’t seen him, I suggest you buy a ticket to come and watch him.”

    Did Ashley tell him to to say that to sell more tickets !
    ha.
    No, think Bruce said it as it is…which is a good sign that he’s feeling less pressurised after recent results and the team performing for him. How it should be.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Just a Fat Neil Warnock
    Mar 10, 2020 at 3:30 AM
    Comment #3
    We look safe Novocastrian, but next season has to be better. We cant rely on Dubravka and luck again. Its an entertainment business and who is going to pay after what weve seen this year. Our three best games were West Ham, Burnley draw, and Southampton. Theyre the only games we deserved to win and Soton had ten men. Season tickets will be very low next year for many reasons.

    Dear me, what a sad read, every team goes through a season with a bit of luck.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #14

    You saying that we didn’t go last season and the season before under Rafa with no luck and the teams we did beat wasn’t without any luck.

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Traore and ASM are both great at getting past a man. Just different methods perhaps. I really wanted us to sign Traore when he left Boro. Hed finally got some end product to his undeniable talent and was asteal at 20m. ASM could storm the league next year providing we dont park the bus and have him picking up possesion on the edge of our box. Hes been criminally wasted this season. I actually had ASM as fourth choice winger on my fantasy shopping list that year behind Traore, Bowen and Kenedy. Whatever happened to Kenedy?

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #16

    welsh
    yes. thats what im saying and it seems to be the general consensus about this season from home and opposition fans and pundits. if you score from one or two shots while the opposition have four or five good efforts saved its generally considered lucky.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #17

    I would call that poor finishing.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Didn’t we finish 14th last season, and at the moment we are 13th, so what’s the difference.

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #19

    every teams gets a bit of luck. burnley were lucky to get a draw against us.
    but sheff utd, palace, norwich, everton, chelsea, southampton at least once, brighton, Bournemouth, and wolves were all very unlucky not to get more points against us. and you could say while we defended valiantly we relied on luck and gk against man utd, man c, and spurs. that is not balancing out.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Got to say its a bit stupid letting people go and watch the games whilst this virus is on the rise, I mean what could possibly happen with 52 thousand in one place.
    People showing mild symptoms will still turn up to watch there favourite teams play, it’s a drug, and they need that dopamine hit.

    If people will not stop going because of Ashley, this bug won’t stop them.

    And as for the Fa. Pure greed.

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #21

    difference is the way we ended last season i thought we could have pushed top 6. looking at how bad spurs, arsenal and man utd have been coupled with man citys euro ban, id say withoutva shadow of doubt wed be in with a shout for the champions league. last year we would have finished higher but we took the foot off the pedal after achieving safety long before the season ended. i see no signs of intelligence from bruce. he persisted with park the bus against better judgement and its now shown he was wrong to believe the players couldnt play any other style. the man is 30 games behind the curve.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Just a fat niel

    Under Rafa, that would be classed as a master tactician at work, tactical genius.

    I don’t like the style of play, but you have to score to win games.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Warnock, maybe luck evens itself out over the season? As for Kenedy, another rafa bullet dodged. Along with the lanky danish striker who might have been good, but unlikely, and didn’t have the pace needed. 40mill wud have been wasted.

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  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Just a Fat Neil Warnock @3 – I’ve renewed mine as being on the DD system I had to decide in January/February and I’m sure many will be in the same position so you might be surprised how many do retain their ST’s!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Squelch,
    You really need to brush up on your toon facts if you wants to use them to back up an argument boyo.

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  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #26

    catchy @20 – Yes but if you play behind closed doors a lot will watch it in the pubs & clubs etc. where being in close confinement there is a lot more chance of it spreading so it’s all about risk!

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  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #27

    the european and american response to the virus is almost non existent compared to china. italy have only now put their country on a half arsed lock down when it should have at least ten days ago. now italy is in a worse state than hubei was when they went into a full scale lockdown. america cant even count the sick. even england is now in a far worse condition that the rest of china was when we got the partial lockdown so england should be acting now. it should be asking china for advice as china has got rid of the virus, not twiddling thumbs while swiping at opposition parties. its going to be a lot messier in the EU for so many reasons. if they havent got rid of it within a month only the government can be blamed.

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Let’s see how many decades it takes Southampton to change hands
    We all know you can’t just sell a football club by now

    😉

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Just because your one of the richest people on the planet with money to burn don’t change a thing

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Catchy/Munster tag team ?
    Rafa was one of the best managers this clubs ever had , it makes it even more remarkable what he did when you add in he had Jabba working against him

    The PR can bleet in all they like but nobody believes the rubbish they think they can tar him with

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Keep on trollin’, Munster.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #32

    fat Warnock,

    You say we took our foot off the pedal last season after securing our Prem place?

    Rafa allowed the team to do that?

    Great managers never let their teams take the foot of the pedal – winning is a habit you keep, not put on the shelf.

    So…

    Either Rafa isn’t a great manager or…

    You are wrong.

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Bills

    Best get yerself those 20 k season tickets

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #34

    lesh … was gonna put this on for the nightshift …
    https://youtu.be/x9Zbp5Ml4kU

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Munter,
    Why did you want him here long term and funded then?

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Jabba is slowly killing the club
    People are giving up, losing interest
    Eventually there won’t be a football club anymore

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  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Keep on bitin’ Ron

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #38

    I persevere with Vardy throughout his bad run, finally lose my rag with him last week when he didn’t start and bang. If PEA doesn’t score a hatrick tomorrow I’m going to be one unhappy camper 🙁

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #39

    toon22

    If I get one season ticket it will be more than you’ve ever had.

    Keyboard warrior NUFC supporter.

    That’s all you are.

    Nowt else.

    Have Jabba’s goons attacked yet??

    This week.

    Next week.

    Easter?

    Keep us informed.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #40

    Leicester with Vardy are top 6.

    Without him just another top 6 challenger.

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