Sunday’s AFL clash between Fremantle and Brisbane could be switched to the Gabba as Perth’s COVID-19 scare continues to cause havoc with sports in the state.
Perth Glory’s A-League contest with Melbourne City at HBF Park on Wednesday night will be played behind closed doors due to the restrictions currently in place.
Perth was plunged into a three-day lockdown late last month after a traveller caught COVID-19 near the end of his hotel quarantine and then infected a friend once he was released.
That forced Fremantle’s round six clash with North Melbourne to be played behind closed doors.
A crowd of 45,000 was initially approved to attend Sunday’s western derby, but the game ended up being a lockout after a quarantine hotel security guard and two of his close contacts tested positive to coronavirus days earlier.
With no guarantee that crowd restrictions will be eased in time for Sunday’s game between the Lions and Dockers, the AFL is in talks about moving it to Brisbane.
If that occurs, then the round 21 clash between Brisbane and Fremantle – scheduled for the Gabba – will be played in Perth.
Fremantle said the lockout against North Melbourne cost them about $1 million in revenue.
Sunday’s western derby was a West Coast home game, and would have cost the Eagles a significant sum in lost revenue.
Glory are hopeful a crowd will be allowed to attend their home match against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.