AFL coach Mick Malthouse has urged the AFL to play in the final series, including the grand finale, in a restarted season outside Victoria if the fans are left out.
And West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett spoke of Perth’s credentials as host of the grand finale if this unlikely scenario were to materialize.
The AFL is approaching the restart of a 17-round season, which could start in June and end in October.
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It was considered very likely that the matches would be played in empty stadiums, certainly in Victoria where Prime Minister Daniel Andrews hung on to his arms to maintain more stringent measures.
But the Northern Territory has made a bold offer to host games by allowing fans to attend.
If Western Australia or South Australia follow this example, Malthouse does not see why the Optus Stadium or Adelaide Oval should not host the grand finale.
“If Western Australia or South Australia admits crowds into the game, there is no reason to have finals, frankly, contested at the CWM because the players and the watching audience love to see a crowd on TV, “Malthouse said on ABC Perth on Saturday. .
“” President “Andrews, he choked us, so there would be no chance of the public going to the games here (in Victoria). So why wouldn’t the games be played where the crowd is?”
League boss Gillon McLachlan has pledged to keep an open mind on the fixings as the AFL works with the states to kick off a revised 2020 season. Nisbett doesn’t think crowds returning to WA games or a Perth grand finale outweigh the possibilities.
“I would not rule it out because this year has been so unusual,” he said. “You would think that the Prime Minister (WA) probably forgot his mind, and the Minister of Sports would think” if we have a really clean state of health for a long time, then everything is possible “.
“Our stadium is certainly the best stadium in the country and one of the best in the world, so I couldn’t see why the AFL wouldn’t watch it, even though they have contractual agreements and so on, in Melbourne.
“Certainly, these are incredible circumstances we face, so I wouldn’t rule anything out yet.”