AFL confirms plan to play without crowds if required

AFL games will be played behind closed doors without fans, if health authorities ban large public gatherings because of the corona virus.

But league chief Gillon McLachlan says games – including the season-opener between Richmond and Carlton next Thursday – will go ahead as planned unless advice changes from the state and federal government.

The Andrews government indicated to the AFL on Tuesday it was “likely” that large public gatherings would be impacted at some stage in the future.

McLachlan said the AFL had set up a working group to co-ordinate a response and provide protocols to clubs.

He said there’s no need to panic, but conceded the league was ready and prepared for all possibilities.

“If mass gatherings are suspended, then we will play games in stadiums with no crowds,” McLachlan told the media on Tuesday.

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