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A-League schedule uncertain amid Sydney’s COVID-19 cluster

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With just six days to go to the start of the 2020/21 A-League season, the competition today admitted that matches could be postponed as a result of Sydney’s COVID-19 cluster.

The season is set to begin with the Western Sydney Wanders taking on newcomers Macarthur FC at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, but that game appears to be postponed due to the outbreak on the beaches in northern Sydney.

While Sydney FC currently have their season opener scheduled at Jubilee Stadium on December 30 against Melbourne City in a grand final, which also doesn’t appear to be happening at this stage.

As states across the country tighten their bordersAustralian Football Federation league manager Greg O’Rourke said the competition would be ready to postpone all matches if restrictions prevented matches from being played.

“The learnings and collaborative dynamic created from the delivery of the 2019-20 season are invaluable to us and on behalf of the thousands of people involved in delivering the final season, I can tell you that we are committed to delivering a great showcase of Australia’s football once again, on and off the pitch, ”he said.

“We have 218 games to play over the next 6 months and our plan is to deliver all of those games.

“When games are affected by border closures, we will postpone those games to be played at the earliest opportunity.

“We are monitoring and reviewing government guidance closely, and developing our plans to ensure we have the flexibility to respond aggressively to any change in direction. The safety, health and well-being of our players, fans and staff is our top priority.


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