Richmond’s match against Adelaide at the MCG is set to be moved to Sydney as the AFL scrambles to deal with a looming lockdown in Victoria.
The AFL season has been plunged into crisis before round 11 due to a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
Gold Coast’s clash with Hawthorn in Darwin on Saturday night has already been postponed but that is unlikely to be the last of the fixture changes.
The South Australian government closing its border to Victoria has created issues for Sunday’s match between the Tigers and the Crows.
With Sydney due to play Carlton at the SCG on Sunday, Giants Stadium looms as the likely option for the relocated match between Richmond and Adelaide.
“There’s every likelihood that it’s going to be moved to Sydney,” Richmond assistant coach Adam Kingsley told SEN SA.
“We could be potentially flying out as early as (Thursday)… we’re sort of just sitting around waiting for some news before we can progress.
“It’s out of our control and we’ll do what we need to do to try and make the season go ahead, like all the clubs did last year.
“It’s going to be difficult for some, easier for others, particularly for ones with families it might be quite difficult on short notice.”
On Wednesday, strict restrictions were imposed on all Victorian-based AFL clubs with players and staffers recommended to only leave their homes for playing, training and essentials.
Apart from the Tigers-Crows game, the other three matches scheduled for Victoria this weekend appear likely to go ahead, just without crowds.
Eleven new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Victoria in the past 24 hours with the state government to soon make an announcement about any lockdown.