Newcastle United won’t play another game of football until April 4th at the earliest.
It is yet to effect any Newcastle players are staff, but it has impacted the Premier League. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have been tested positive for the virus.
Following the news, the FA, Premier League, EFL and WSL have agreed to postpone all football for the next few weeks.
It initially looked like the games would go ahead following Boris Johnson’s statement last night, but the news about Arteta and Hudson-Odoi has forced football’s governing bodies into action.
The postponement means Newcastle’s games with Sheffield United and Manchester City won’t go ahead.
This is the right thing to do, as public safety and health is the most important thing. Football is just a game.
However, the news does make the Magpies’ win over Southampton all the more important.
Going into that game, Newcastle were under pressure in the Premier League. A string of bad results had them looking nervously over their shoulder.
But Allan Saint-Maximin got a late winner to move Steve Bruce’s side eight points clear of the relegation zone.
The win has lifted the mood around the club, as the only thing fans were excited about was the FA Cup.
There were still worries and fears of relegation. And those worries would only have increased during the upcoming period without a game.
Newcastle fans can now be excited for the football to return, rather than dreading it.