24th March 2020, 9am
Considering the latest developments as the world attempts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield United Football Club remains committed to keeping fans, staff, families and the community informed as facts become known to us.
This is the latest of what may be numerous statements as and when the Club has relevant information to report.
It has been widely reported that the FA, Premier League, EFL and women's professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, have collectively agreed that professional football in England will be postponed until no earlier than 30th April. To be clear, there will be no fixtures involving Sheffield United, at any level, until the authorities deem it safe to do so.
Taking into account the latest Government advice, Bramall Lane, our SteelPhalt Academy facility at Shirecliffe, and all Sheffield United Football Club properties will be closed indefinitely. The Club store at Meadowhall is also now closed. Further news on re-opening will be published when available.
In addition to this, following advice from Club medical personnel, we are suspending, indefinitely, all non-essential business, which includes player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.
All match tickets and hospitality packages for the Emirates FA Cup tie against Arsenal will remain valid for the rearranged fixture, as will tickets for the Premier League game against Newcastle United at St James' Park. Until the two postponed fixtures are rescheduled, supporters are advised that refunds will not be available, with tickets for the last eight clash against the Gunners now temporarily off sale.
Stephen Bettis, United's Chief Executive Officer, comments: "The decisions taken by the Government have been made in the interests of health and well-being of everyone and as a Club we have a responsibility to help prevent further spread of the virus, hence the measures that have been taken.
"We will continue to take guidance from relevant authorities throughout this period and will attempt to assist with every effort as we navigate these unprecedented challenges.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chris Wilder and all of the team, we hope that Blades supporters stay safe and well in this difficult time and we thank everyone for the measures that they have taken so far.
"As we look to overcome these challenges, the Blades will continue to work closely with the Premier League and medical staff within the Club to keep our supporters informed with all the latest relevant developments. Public health remains the biggest priority at this time and we urge everyone to follow best practices."
For full information and Government guidelines on Covid-19, please click here.