Covid bombshell creates chaos for AFL

Fifteen players from the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Giants sides were sidelined from Sunday’s Sydney derby after attending the Wallabies vs. France Test in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

The site has been reclassified as a Tier 2 site after six Swans players and staff as well as nine Giants players and staff entered via Gate 7, which had a confirmed positive case in the same bay.

Fox Footy’s Tom Morris confirmed that Toby Greene, Matt De Boer, Kieren Briggs and Jake Stein are the four Giants players unable to play in the Sydney Derby, although the latter two weren’t in the named side.

Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan were out for the Swans.

Players from the Swans and Giants have been affected by the last-minute change. (Photo by Matt King/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

The AFL released a statement on the issue on Sunday afternoon.

“Each of these players and staff members, currently located in Queensland and under Queensland Department of Health requirements must isolate until notified by the Department,” the statement read.

“None of these players or staff members will participate in today’s match at Metricon Stadium.

“The AFL has notified the Queensland Government and is acting in accordance with their directions.

“The Victorian Department of Health continue to contact those directly affected with further updates.”

Toby Greene, Matt De Boer, Kieren Briggs and Jake Stein are the four GWS players who can't play today. The latter two weren't in the team anyway. All were at the [email protected]

Despite the outbreak, the Giants and Swans match is going ahead as scheduled.

Speaking on Fox Footy, The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph reported that as the venue is a Tier 2 site, assuming the players and staff test negative, the players could be back on the training paddock as soon as tomorrow.

Hawthorn’s Conor Nash was held back from the draw with the Melbourne Demons on Saturday night after attending the Wallabies match as well but was reportedly back on the training paddock on Sunday morning.

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