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Sport A-League isolation begins for Phoenix

06:15  18 march  2020
06:15  18 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

Phoenix want FFA assurances before flight

  Phoenix want FFA assurances before flight Wellington Phoenix's plan to base themselves in Australia for the remainder of the A-League is in doubt after they demanded further details around their stay.Wellington officials had agreed to play out the remainder of the season in Australia, which was seen as the only viable way to be involved under coronavirus travel restrictions.

Wellington Phoenix are coming to Australia to complete their A - League season but the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out grassroots football for Both the Phoenix and Melbourne Victory, who have begun self- isolation after returning from Wellington on Monday, will have two games rescheduled.

Victory and Phoenix each face a 14-day isolation period on top of A - League 's congested fixture list. As the NRL on Monday committed to staging round two games, all AFL players were involved in a conference call which may determine whether their season begins on Thursday night.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 18:  Cameron Devlin looks on as Alex Rufer tries on his face mask at Wellington Airport, prior to the departure of the Wellington Phoenix team to Sydney to complete the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season on March 18, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 18: Cameron Devlin looks on as Alex Rufer tries on his face mask at Wellington Airport, prior to the departure of the Wellington Phoenix team to Sydney to complete the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season on March 18, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) Wellington Phoenix are convinced they'll be safe on their unique Sydney sojourn, so attention has turned to the really important stuff.

Now it's about making sure the wifi is working, the board games are stacked up and nobody gets bored at their remote accommodation base as they begin 14 days of self isolation to keep themselves in A-League contention.

Coronavirus forces Wellington Phoenix to move to Australia for remainder of A-League campaign

  Coronavirus forces Wellington Phoenix to move to Australia for remainder of A-League campaign A-League championship contenders Wellington Phoenix believe the competition should be suspended because of coronavirus as they prepare to go into self-isolation in Australia.The third-placed Phoenix will fly to Sydney on Tuesday and are committed to being based in the city for at least six weeks, as they bid to clinch a maiden title in a competition thrust into chaos by the coronavirus.

+ Wellington Phoenix will be able to train during their self- isolation period after the club confirmed they will travel to Sydney on Wednesday in an Phoenix are currently on course for their best-ever finish in the Hyundai A - League , currently sitting in third spot, four points ahead of fourth-place Brisbane Roar.

A - League star Ulises Davila has chosen to forgo a visit to his newborn first child in Mexico, instead preparing to self-isolate with his Wellington Phoenix That prospect was turned on its head by Wellington's decision to set up a base in Sydney, beginning with 14 days of self- isolation when they

The third-placed Kiwis were to get an early taste of what lies ahead on Wednesday, the start point of up to six weeks away from home.

After crossing the Tasman on a near-empty plane, they were guaranteed clear passage through Sydney Airport and a chartered bus to take them to their secret base for the next fortnight.

Every contracted player travelled aside from defender Luke DeVere, who flew to Brisbane with his pregnant wife on Tuesday, helping her settle back with her family before joining his team-mates 24 hours later.

Phoenix bosses won't reveal the location of the facility somewhere in greater Sydney that will double as their living quarters and training base.

They are anxious no members of the public visit, such is the regimented nature of their stay.

Football: A-League continues to play without spectators

 Football: A-League continues to play without spectators © WILLIAM WEST Players from Wellington and Melbourne are at risk of quarantine The Football League A-League continues to play despite the corona pandemic. As the Australian association FFA decided on Monday, the remaining matches will be played without a spectator, although two of the eleven teams are facing quarantine.

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The FFA has paid for the venue and Phoenix operations manager Shaun Gill was pleased the governing body had agreed to all of their requirements, including individual rooms for every player and enough sports and leisure activities to keep them occupied.

"We're comfortable the facility we've got has everything we need and will still give the players a little bit of flexibility, that they're not just stuck in a room for 24 hours a day," Gill said.

"We're pretty confident we can get this done and the players have been absolutely amazing.

"It's obviously something challenging and new that we're not used to but it's been a fantastic season to date and a lot of them are still keen to see how far they can go."

Daily training and gym sessions will keep the players in shape but Gill said mental health would need close monitoring given their solitude.

A Wellington sport psychologist would be available for online consultation while the Australian PFA has also offered the services of well-being professionals.

Gill said an FFA liaison officer had been kept busy ensuring details such as streaming functionality and board games would be available for the players and staff.

The team will relocate to a Sydney hotel once their isolation period ends.

There, they will remain relatively isolated, having a floor to themselves and their own eating area, with football taking over their consciousness given what will be a rapid-fire schedule of six games inside three weeks before the finals.

"It will be very much hotel to game, hotel to game and not much time for exposure," Gill said.

Toronto stand down squad, four self-isolate .
Toronto Wolfpack have suspended training and stood down their entire UK-based squad after four players experienced symptoms of coronavirus. The players have gone into self-isolation and Toronto's action means it's almost certain their fixture against Wakefield next weekend will be postponed.'Financial impact on Super League will be huge'Coronavirus latest: The impact on sportToronto say they are now awaiting a directive from the Rugby Football League, who has instructed clubs to continue playing matches, in line with government guidelines.

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