The AFL was set to hold an urgent teleconference with club chief executives on Sunday afternoon with this year’s season on the verge of being shut down.
The immediate viability of the AFL season beyond Sunday is in grave doubt following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s advice against non-essential travel and the announcement of South Australian Premier Steven Marshall that that state’s borders are to be closed.
The Prime Minister was non-committal about whether the AFL and NRL would be able to proceed, saying it “may be possible” for the competitions to go ahead despite the latest coronavirus-related restrictions, saying he would work with the leagues. Whether travel for top professional sport is “essential” is unclear.
An extremely senior AFL club source said he wasn’t yet sure what would happen but said it was “hard to see” the league continuing beyond round one.