Fremantle’s Round 8 home game against Brisbane is in jeopardy, awith the AFL speaking to both clubs about the potential of moving the game from Optus Stadium to the Gabba.
Foxfooty.com.au understands the AFL is in talks with the relevant state governments, who will essentially make the call on the game‘s fate, but there’s no timeline on a decision.
The COVID situation in Western Australia, which saw fans locked out of the Western Derby as well as Fremantle’s Round 6 home game against North Melbourne, would drive the change. There would also be concerns about the Lions flying in and out of WA.
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There were no new local cases in WA on Monday, but days ago a hotel security guard tested positive to the US strain of the virus.
It would be the second time this year Brisbane had a game switched to a different state just days before it was to be played; the Lions played their Round 3 game against Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, instead of the Gabba, and will now host the Magpies in Round 22.
On the current AFL fixture, Fremantle is scheduled to host the Lions this Sunday May 9 at 4:40pm EST, before Brisbane hosts the Dockers in Round 21.
The plan would simply see the fixtures swapped, so both teams still host each other once this season.
The Dockers had said they lost over $1 million when they had to host the Kangaroos in front of empty stands.