The Premier League has today informed Southampton Football Club that its scheduled match against Newcastle United this Sunday has been postponed.
The teams were due to face each other at St Mary’s, but a request from Newcastle to postpone the match due to COVID-19 cases and injuries was approved by the Premier League’s board.
We share the disappointment of our supporters in hearing this news and will confirm details of the rearranged fixture in due course. All tickets for the game will remain valid for the new date.
A statement from the Premier League said: "Southampton FC’s match against Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium, due to be played at 2pm on Sunday 2 January, has regrettably been postponed.
"Newcastle United continue to have ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries that led to their match against Everton FC being called off earlier this week. The Board accepted the postponement application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper).
"The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.
"The League is aware that the decisions recently to postpone matches will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games. The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday."