Multiple players are calling for the AFL to break for a bye this weekend amid the COVID-19 chaos.
The Herald Sun is reporting that players are pushing for the pre-finals bye to be brought forward.
The Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide are finally set to fly out of South Australia tonight, bound for Melbourne, following several changes to plans.
It means Port Adelaide’s clash with Collingwood on Friday is now set to be played at Docklands Stadium, while the Crows’ match against the Hawks on Saturday will take place at the same venue.
AFL manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld explained the relocation of the Crows and Power to Melbourne.
“Today presented a different challenge and full credit to both the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide football clubs for responding quickly and professionally to be ready to fly this afternoon,” Auld said in an AFL statement.
“We had not been able to secure an exemption for the SA-based teams to train over the next week and this afternoon we were informed that the SA government could not provide permission for any games in Adelaide to go ahead on the weekend.
“As a result, it was clear that the two SA-based teams would not be able to continue in the competition without relocating from South Australia to Victoria.
“Our decision-making changes as circumstances change and we understand how difficult it is for everyone, however when it was determined that we couldn’t play a game in SA at all, it forced our hand.”
The NSW-based Swans and Giants have faced the toughest of COVID-19’s challenges this season.
They were both forced to flee Sydney almost a month ago and won’t be home for the rest of the season.
They were initially based in Victorian hubs and are now in Queensland.
The Swans’ Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan, and the Giants’ Toby Greene and Matt de Boer, were all ruled out of Sunday’s Sydney derby after they attended a tier-one exposure site. They had all been to the Wallabies’ Test against France in Melbourne.
The Sydney derby had already been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday as the two clubs made a mad dash from Victoria to Queensland.
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