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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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #41

    Jib,
    Great idea for debate. Let’s all just write posts that should be ignored, that’ll really get the numbers up.

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #42

    Bills

    Let’s see how many he’s giving away next season
    As that’s what your hero’s going to have to do to get people in the ground
    Eventually he won’t be able to give them away

    7
  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #43

    Jabba is slowly killing the club

    Last home game 50k
    13th in the league
    Quarter final FA cup

    5
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #44

    welsh

    you don’t even know what position we finished last season, what a fan!!

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #45

    Ron Knee

    You mock Bowis when he is our inspiration, a model of propriety whose leadership will see us through whatever the gods lay before us?

    Shame, oh ye of little faith, he’ll solve the crisis in care for the aged too.

    Howay the lads

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #46

    Geordietom

    If you’re around, look in on the night shift – that music you posted’ll get you through the first stage of the F&P tests

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #47

    Novocastrian
    Villa add Sheff Utd away to your list
    Game postponed due to league cup final

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #48

    jib

    a bit of context one feels.

    10k free tickets

    13th in the league – Not too eye catching after ash finally backing the manager / head coach to the max.!! See what I did there.

    3 lower league teams in the cup where we needed replays.

    Seems more and more as if it doesn’t matter to some how we play, it’s who’s in charge, which then comes down to a popularity contest. Welsh, catchy, munster can all stomach Bruce, whose stats on closer inspection are a lot worse, yet that doesn’t seem to matter as they all just rather bizarrely hate Rafa with a passion. Almost seems a bit racist.

    That said, i am thrilled that Bruce after a mere 30 games has now got a decent formation and some players in their right positions. Just wish we had seen Max and Miggy a further 10 yards up the pitch and hurting teams at least 10 games sooner.

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #49

    Lesh …

    did look in at the nightshift no arguing no bitterness mate , music was good as well …

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #50

    JIB

    We don’t exist as a football club anyone

    5
  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #51

    It’s hard defending a guy like Jabba ain’t it

    6
  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #52

    Things are so great he’s literally giving away tickets to watch
    Next season he will need to give away more

    8
  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #53

    EGB …

    if your about mate about Norse Runes , the The Bluetooth symbol/logo is a combination of two runes from the younger futhark, which was the runic alphabet that the Vikings used in the Viking age. They used the initials of Harald Bluetooth, to create what is called a bindrune, by merging his two initials together. rune on phones named after Harald Bluetooth mate just thought i’d let you know …

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #54

    Don’t worry though as he’s selling the club
    Again
    Maybe next summer
    He always likes selling in January, has done for the last 4 years

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time?

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  • toon22

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #55

    Why does he pretend to want to sell ?
    As it’s the only way he can smooth over the usual mess he makes of things
    He gives people hope he will be gone as he knows he’s hated

    But he has no intention of ever selling
    It’s going to take the Supreme Court helping us to see the back of him

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #56

    Geordietom

    Keep the nightshift secret. We don’t want argumentative gits spoiling it.

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #57

    Lesh …

    Secret on here nay way mate …

    not with the frog nowt get’s past him …

    😀

    1
  • #cans

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #58

    Jeez, still banging on about Rafa , he’s long gone and we have 8 new first team players since he left … FFS , can you lot just not move on

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #59

    Six weeks till we go on a cruise will we be able to travel ? . will the Government stop all travel for the foreseeable future ? . will it get worse in the next 6 weeks or will it slow down who know’s , see what happens cant cancel will lose all our money just have to sit back and see what happen’s …

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #60

    Geordietom

    I suspect that froggy would see there’s no pro-Ashley chat on nights so wouldn’t bother. I was thinking more of the Ashley fan club,
    the troublemakers and WUMs who make the dayshift what it is.

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  • #cans

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #61

    Geordietom – that’s not great news mate , reports I’ve heard reckon it’ll all be over in a couple of month so hopefully your cruise will still go ahead – how’s the wife doing ?

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #62

    Geordietom

    Have a look on the Guardian’s website. They did a big QandA piece on Saturday. It covered coronaV and nswered all of the questions you raised re insurance, cancellation etc.

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  • #cans

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #63

    Lesh and the Nightshift crew – definitely seems a much better blog overnight , problem is that I need my beauty sleep ( more than most 😀 )

    1
  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #64

    Rotonda heights
    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:08 AM
    Comment #44
    welsh

    you don’t even know what position we finished last season, what a fan!!

    It was a rough guess, can’t be arsed to google it up, I’m sure it was around there.

    Big deal

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #65

    At the end of the day, Rafa sucks.

    1
  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #66

    geordietom – the only thing I’d worry about a cruise is not getting back on time so make sure you take plenty of medication and not just enough but the chances of being affected are still slim when you think of how many cruise ships there are. Where you off to anyway?

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  • hibbit

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #67

    martoon

    is it worth the risk though when tom’s wife is not a 100%

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  • #cans

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #68

    Hibbit, was thinking that myself – am sure geordietom and wife doctors will be aware, if doctors say she can’t travel you can normally get a full refund ( happened with us when my son was ill)

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #69

    Can’s …

    the wifes doing good mate bit sore thanks for asking …

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #70

    Geordietom

    It took a bit finding but here’s the link to the Guardian QandA piece I mentioned. It’s focused on the cvirus and its impact on travel etc

    https://is.gd/LtklHL

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #71

    Martoon …

    we are cruising to Leixoes for porto , lisbon , cadiz , morroco , gibraltar mate . Morroco is on lockdown at the moment dont think we will get there …

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #72

    Cans

    You need beauty sleep? Pfft!

    I sleep 20 hours a day and even that’s not enough!

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #73

    Geordietom

    That Guardian article from the link is much thinner than the paper version. It doesn’t cover travel insurance etc.

    Suggest you go to the library and the article covers three or four pages in the main section of Saturday 7 March. It covers the ins and outs of cancellations viz travel insurance.

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #74

    Lesh …

    If the travel company cancel the cruise we get a full refund if we cancel we lose it all , we have Annual Travel Insurance we had to pay a little extra for being on a cruise ship incase of something like the virus or the other one Norovirus . i’ll hang on see what happens …

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #75

    Martoon …

    you been on your cruise yet mate ? …

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #76

    I know it’s the chronic but – Britains richest man on how he values a football club…

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-takeover-bob-ratcliffe-17894336

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #77

    Geordietom

    It’s up to you but think about hundreds of people in a confined space and think of the possible contacts passengers and crew have had of late. It’s a tricky situation for you – especially as your wife’s in post surgery recovery mode. Suggest you keep an eye out for Foreign Office advice on particular countries – if they advise against travelling to one of the countries you’re calling at, your insurance might cover cancellation. Check with your insurer though. Hope it all works out well for you both

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  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #78

    geordietom @75 – Yes – got back a couple of weeks ago – it all seems like a distant dream now but it was fantastic – though I have to say all the Caribbean islands are very similar with the same history of sugar cane & slavery but they are lovely.
    Hygene and hand washing was stepped up and all passengers had to complete a health check and also anybody who had recently traveled to affected areas were not allowed on so they are being careful but I understand your concerns. Unless the government specifically advises against they won’t give a refund.

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  • lesh

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #79

    Dubai

    Someone was speculating on the relative value of Southampton FC and I wonder whether it owns the freehold of St Mary’s and its training grounds etc. If so, that’s impact on the valuation of the club in relation to NUFC which doesn’t have freehold on the site of SJP.

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  • geordietom

    Mar 10, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #80

    the docs have said she cant fly for 6 weeks , so hopefully she’s good by then , at the moment she’s doing nothing not allowed to lift anything heavy if she makes a coffee the kettle has to be half full things like that , she’s loving it as i wont let her do anything , we asked her surgeon about flying he said she should be ok after the 6 weeks is up , she has to see him in 2 weeks time anyway then we will have a proper chat with him …

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