‘Suspend it, shut it down’: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce calls for Premier League to suspend matches amid spread of coronavirus with crisis talks being held this morning
- Newcastle are due to face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday
- However, that fixture could be off amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak
- Steve Bruce believes the Premier League should be suspended until it clears
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has called for the Premier League season to be put on hold as the effects of the virus make themselves felt.
The Magpies are due to face Sheffield United a St James’ Park on Saturday but with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Manchester City and Watford having all been hit by Covid-19 and the Gunners’ clash with Brighton already postponed, the picture remains uncertain.
Speaking at his scheduled pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Bruce said: ‘To play behind closed doors is not the answer, in my opinion.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants the Premier League to be suspended due to coronavirus
‘For me, suspend it, shut it down and re-arrange it for another date when we’re a bit more clear about the whole situation. But we’ll see what happens.
‘There’s been no symptoms [from any Newcastle players or staff]. Touch wood. The doctor has been in contact with the other doctors [in the Premier League] I believe and we’re awaiting this phone call [about tomorrow’s game].
‘Up until yesterday we were pretty convinced the game was going ahead. The welfare of everybody is key to all of this. The welfare of every individual is far more important than a football match. Like everybody else, we wish Mikel [Arteta] well and hope he recovers well.’
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has contracted the virus and is in self-isolation at present
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