Newcastle issue apology for delay to Leicester game

DAMAGE ... the new TV screen.
DAMAGE ... the new TV screen.

NEWCASTLE United’s game against Leicester City is ON – after a loose TV screen was secured.

The Premier League match will start at 4pm.

Fans had been kept out of the stadium while the club’s new 60m TV screen was fixed.

Part of the screen, installed during the international break, had come loose.

However, an engineer was able to secure the panel.

UPDATE: The club has issued a statement apologising to supporters.

It read: “Newcastle United Football Club would like to offer sincere apologies to everyone affected by the delay to kick-off of today’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Leicester City at St. James’s Park.

“Turnstiles were closed until 3.15pm whilst loose dressing panels surrounding the newly-installed LED screen in the Leazes Stand were assessed and made secure by engineers. Kick-off was subsequently rescheduled to 4pm.

“Before turnstiles were opened, an issue was identified with the dressing panels and in order to give the Club the opportunity to rectify the situation, the decision was taken to keep the turnstiles closed.

“Supporter safety was of paramount importance and the club felt that this action was necessary as a precaution.

“The club wishes to make very clear that the issues we experienced were not to do with the screen itself.

“Although the screen carries the ‘adi.tv’ branding, the dressing panels were not installed by ADI nor a company sub-contracted by ADI.

We wish to apologise once again to everyone who suffered inconvenience as a result of this issue today, and wish to place on record our particular thanks to all supporters at St James’s Park for their patience.”