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Welcome to our Newcastle United live blog for Wednesday, March 18.
The outbreak of has brought the Premier League to a halt and left the Magpies in limbo.
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All fixtures have been suspended until April 4 at the earliest, with United next due to be back in action at Bournemouth.
Since the suspension however, a host of other sporting events have been suspended or postponed including Euro 2020, which has now been pushed back a year.
released their own statement following the announcement, confirming the Benton base will be closed for two weeks as a precaution.
At this stage, no United players or staff have exhibited any symptoms of the disease.
First-team players have been advised to conduct their own individual exercise programmes at home during the suspension.
We'll be bringing you all the latest on this throughout the day.
Despite the likelihood of games being put back beyond the original April 4 return point, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is still preparing for his side’s clash against Newcastle that weekend.
“My plans are pretty normal bar the taking of the training sessions (until Monday).
“So it’s to prepare for our next game, which is Newcastle.
“To try and get plans in place for events that may follow ahead of us.
“So just to try and make sure we are not caught short depending on what scenario unfolds.”
FA Chief Mark Bullingham has tried to dispel rumours that this season’s FA Cup could be abandoned because of the Coronavirus suspension. Newcastle, of course, are in the quarter-finals of the competition.
“Everyone’s priority is to finish this season - that’s one of the main reasons for delaying the Euros, to allow a window that, if the virus gets under control, there will be a window to potentially finish the season.
“At the moment, we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re planning every eventuality, so that we can react. The most important thing at the moment is people’s health.
“At the moment we’ve got a number of contingency plans and we will continue to adapt as and when we get more information.
“Clearly there are different scenarios, if you try and finish the season before the end of June and after it.
“At this moment in time…there are so many variables, we’re building up a contingency for every different eventuality.
“Some are more complicated than others but the number one priority at the moment is the health of the nation, and football will play its part in that.
“From our point of view, the FA Cup is incredibly important.
”We are talking the priority being that, whenever football can be played again, to complete the domestic season, we are talking about both the league and the FA Cup.”
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“I’ve had a lot of questions about summer already.
“But what I can say is that I’m fully focused here – I wouldn’t have come here if I wouldn’t be committed to the club.
“I’m happy to be here, and just focus on that.
“I’m not really thinking about just my own future right now. I want to help the club achieve their goals and, of course, show myself as well.”
The Norwegian FA have confirmed that Euro 2020 has been postponed by a year - which could give and the time to play their outstanding fixtures this season amid the outbreak.
The tournament had been due to be played in a dozen cities across Europe between June 12 and July 12 but the Norwegian FA confirmed on Twitter that following a meeting of European football stakeholders on Tuesday, the tournament has been put back 12 months. That looks set to be formally confirmed by UEFA in the coming hours.
Representatives from the European football governing body's 55 member associations and the boards of the European Club Association and the European leagues and a representative from FIFPro all attended the video conference, where it was also decided to reschedule the Copa America until the summer of 2021, which will affect .
The postponements were widely-expected and could now give the Premier League and other leagues in Europe the chance to potentially play rearranged games this summer. But that, of course, depends on whether the pandemic has eased by then.
'Stay at home' - this is the simple message forward Miguel Almiron has issued to football fans amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The former record signing's statement was shared by Paraguay's official account as the world continues to adapt to the pandemic.
Good morning. It's Sean McCormick here, and I'll be bringing you the latest Newcastle United news throughout the day.