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Manly's home final in doubt due to Lottoland asbestos

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8th September, 2019
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The Manly Sea Eagles home elimination final may be removed from their preferred ground following news that asbestos had been detected at Lottoland.

The NRL confirmed in a statement that it was informed on Friday evening of “isolated traces of asbestos” in “a small area of the hill at Lottoland.”

A safety report is currently being compiled which will determine the venue’s suitability to host an NRL Finals match.

If determined unsafe, the game – expected to be played on Saturday night – will be held at Bankwest Stadium instead.

The NRL has currently decided to withhold ticket sales for the match until the safety report is completed.

“Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our players and fans. Unfortunately it could not be guaranteed when the schedule was confirmed,” Mr Greenberg said.

“We have given the local council and the Sea Eagles a period of grace of 24 hours in order to assess the safety of the venue before we release tickets.

“We have worked with Northern Beaches Council and the Sea Eagles to ensure the Club is given the opportunity to host a Final, while ensuring the safety of our supporters is paramount.”