BREAKING: Newcastle game delayed by loose TV screen

DAMAGE ... the new TV screen.
DAMAGE ... the new TV screen.
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NEWCASTLE United’s game against Leicester City could be delayed – because of a problem with St James’s Park’s new TV screen.

Part of the 60m screen, installed at the Leazes End of the stadium during the international break, has come loose.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

And the turnstiles have not been opened yet due to safety concerns.

A club statement read: “Newcastle United can confirm that there is currently a short delay in opening the turnstiles for today’s game whilst an issue with the new screen is being addressed.”

Engineers are looking at the problem.

But referee Martin Atkinson won’t allow the turnstiles to open until the loose panel is secured.

Atkinson was the referee for the Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier in midweek.

The game had to be abandoned after a drone carrying an Albanian flag sparked a riot.

Speaking about the screen last month, United managing director Lee Charnley, pictured, said: “It will significantly improve the matchday experience for supporters.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made one change for the game, with Steven Taylor coming in for the injured Mike Williamson.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Tiote; Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Anita, Abeid, Cabella, Perez, Armstrong.

UPDATE: An engineer has arrived at St James’s Park to do a “structural assessment” of the TV screen.

If the screen can’t be made safe by 3pm, the game is likely to be called off.

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