The spike in coronavirus cases in Victoria would have an impact on the AFL, as the fifth round draw may be subject to change due to travel restrictions.
According to Age, Queensland government concerns mean Richmond will not be able to travel to the Gold Coast to play on the West Coast on Thursday evening.
The likely scenario is that Richmond will stay in Melbourne to play the Demons, while Sydney will travel to the Metricon Stadium to play the Eagles.
The swans and demons were to meet on Sunday at the WCS.
Victoria has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, with 75 cases reported today, on the back of 49 identified yesterday and 41 positive results on Saturday.
The Age reports that Richmond members received a message from the club on Monday morning.
“Please note that there was a holdback on the 9am ticket on sale for our fifth game at the Metricon Stadium against the West Coast Eagles,” said the text.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and will be in contact with all eligible members for further information when it becomes available.”
It is not the first time that the coronavirus pandemic has had a direct impact on AFL circulation. Earlier this month, the scheduled game between Essendon and Melbourne had to be postponed after Bombers defenseman Conor McKenna tested positive for COVID-19.
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has repeatedly warned that the draw is not set in stone.
“We said at the start that we have to be flexible and agile throughout this season. And that reminds us that we have to be flexible and agile,” said McLachlan in McKenna’s positive test.
The reprogrammed fifth round should have an impact on other clubs, the match between Carlton and St Kilda having to be moved from Saturday to Thursday evening.