Victoria-based AFL players have been told by the league to limit their travel outside their homes because of new coronavirus cases in the state.
- The AFL does not penalize players for violating the recommendation
- The league said a detailed “cleaning” was underway at the MCG following a positive case on Sunday
- Due to inland travel this weekend, the team has been urged to travel quickly and for testing
But the AFL said players who violated the recommendation would not be punished.
“The AFL has advised all Victorian teams to reduce their traffic outside their homes as players and staff continue the current situation in Victoria the next day,” an AFL spokesman said.
Ascendon, who plays on the West Coast of Perth on Saturday night, took a flight from Melbourne today.
All players and staff will be tested and separated on the advice of the Western Australian Government and the AFL until all is clear.
Carlton, set to play the swan in Sydney on Sunday, will be flying there this afternoon and will also be separated until he gets his test results.
Hawthorne had planned to fly to Darwin on Thursday for Saturday night’s game against the Gold Coast, but that stability will no longer extend to the northern region.
The AFL, meanwhile, said it was alerting spectators to last Sunday’s game between the Ascendants and the Kangaroos at Melbourne’s Ducklands Stadium.
An AFL statement said: “The Victorian government has requested that all patrons in the first phase between the first on and the second be contacted and immediately tested and isolated.” To read
“Department of Health [is] Also by asking anyone participating in the game and [was] Sitting outside the listed areas to monitor for symptoms and test if symptoms develop. “
The AFL said the identified area was “deeply cleared.”
The AFL and Melbourne Cricket Club contacted all the fans sitting between the M1 and M16 bays of the Great Southern stand, asking them to separate immediately for testing.
At this stage, fans will still be allowed to participate in this week’s MCG and AFL games at Duckland, although there will be more rules for spectators.
Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sports and Events, said the additional rules were likely to be related to masks and overall ability.
The current ban allows for a capacity of 100,0224 people at the MCG and a capacity of 53,359 people at Ducklands Stadium for 85 per cent of the capacity.
Mr Pakula said it was also possible to open a rooftop space in Duckland.
Acting Premier James Merlino said that could change after the outbreak worsened, with state chief health officer Brett Sutton insisting the games could be canceled.
The Ducklands are set to host three games this weekend, starting with a big tab-of-the-table clash between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne on Friday.
MCG hosts two games, starting with Colwood Wood’s game against Jilong on Saturday.
Bulldogs tested for COVID
Western Bulldogs players and staff all tested negative on COVID-1 this morning after a club official appeared at an exposure site at the Highpoint Shopping Center in Mariburn.
In the NRL, the Melbourne Storm, which is set to play the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane on Thursday night, will stay in Queensland instead of returning home.
After the hurricane played all of its “home” games last season, it will be based on Melbourne’s Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast after the post-Covid, and “based on Melbourne’s current fluid COVID-1 situation,” the release said.
Including this Thursday’s game against the Broncos – held at Last Park – the storm has already been in Queensland for the past two weeks given the last two matches.
No super netball fixtures are scheduled for Melbourne later this year but Vixons will travel to Queensland today before their goal five final against the Firebirds.
Vixens was scheduled to travel to Queensland on Friday.
Collingwood Mapies will travel to Sydney on Saturday. The next day before their super netball game against NSW Swift.
The NBL has played two games from Melbourne, with the southeast Melbourne Phoenix on Saturday and the Taipans on Friday in Cairns.
Monday’s game between Melbourne United and Taipei has also been moved to Cairns.
In the A-League, Western United will take on Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday night, while Melbourne City will host Newcastle on Saturday at the same venue.