Sport Fans fume over lack of AFL social distancing

15:16  18 june  2021
15:16  18 june  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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AFL fans have unloaded at the seating layout of the fans at GMHBA Stadium for the blockbuster clash between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs on Friday night.

In the match-up of two of the AFL's premiership fancies, only 7000 fans were allowed to attend the match due to Victoria's stringent COVID-19 regulations, with only members of the two clubs residing outside Melbourne allowed to be in the stands.

However, as the match got underway on TV, fans soon noticed that all of the 7000 spectators inside GMHBA Stadium had been jam-packed into certain sections in the stands, while other areas of the ground were completely empty.

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a crowd of people: Geelong fans were packed shoulder to shoulder in the stands despite only 7000 being allowed in © Getty Geelong fans were packed shoulder to shoulder in the stands despite only 7000 being allowed in

The Geelong-Western Bulldogs clash is the first match played in Victoria since Round 11, when St Kilda hosted North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on May 29, albeit with no fans in attendance.


Matches originally scheduled to be played in Victoria have been moved all over the country, with traditional MCG fixtures between Richmond and Essendon as well as the Collingwood-Melbourne Queen's Birthday clash sent to Optus Stadium and the SCG, respectively.

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With restrictions in Greater Melbourne finally beginning to ease up after Victoria's circuit-breaker lockdown, the AFL is hopeful that fans will be able to attend matches in Melbourne from Round 15.

Due to the Victorian government refusing to allow crowds at matches based in Melbourne, two matches were moved to Tasmania this weekend.

North Melbourne's Saturday twilight fixture against the Brisbane Lions, which was originally slated for Marvel Stadium, will now be played at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, while Hawthorn's home match against Essendon, originally scheduled for the MCG, will be played at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Sunday afternoon.

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NSW-based teams fume over extended road trip .
The GWS Giants and Sydney Swans are not thrilled at the prospect of remaining in Victoria for up to a month.New South Wales' COVID-19 outbreak has caused a number of states to shut its borders, with Western Australia not allowing its own teams to travel to NSW for games.

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