Newcastle v Leicester delayed after big screen damage

Newcastle big screen
The giant screen was erected during the recent international break

Newcastle United have apologised after a problem with a newly-installed giant screen delayed the start of their Premier League game against Leicester.

Engineers were called in after wind dislodged panels surrounding the 60m structure in the Leazes Stand, and turnstiles remained closed at St James' Park until 15:15 BST.

The match kicked off at 16:00 BST, an hour later than planned.

The club said: "Supporter safety was of paramount importance."

The screen was erected during the international break and no fans were in the ground when the problem was spotted, the club said

It added: "We wish to apologise 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' Park for their patience."

St James' Park
BBC Sport's Chris Hurst took the picture of an empty St James' Park at 14:50 BST.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson waits for kick-off
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson waiting for kick-off
Home fans wait outside St James' Park
Home fans wait outside St James' Park

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