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AFL fixtures in chaos with Tigers-Crows match moved to Sydney

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Richmond’s match against Adelaide at the MCG has been 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 is in limbo and will almost certainly not be played in the Northern Territory capital.

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.

The Tigers will fly out of Melbourne on Thursday afternoon and preparing to be away for an extended period as they were during last year’s premiership winning season in Queensland.

“The collective view from our club is we quite enjoyed being away together (in 2020) and we were focused on the job at hand,” Tigers assistant coach Adam Kingsley told SEN SA.

“It will pose some challenges to a lot of guys, myself included, but that’s unfortunately the industry we’re in at the moment.

“We need to take some extreme measures to try and protect it. One of these looks like it could be leaning towards a hub.”

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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.

More than 40,000 people were expected to attend Friday night’s top-of-the-table clash between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne, but the premiership contenders will now face off at an empty Marvel Stadium.

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.

© AAP

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