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No fans at AFL matches for "foreseeable future."

The AFL will play round one of the premiership season without fans the league announced on Friday.


In a statement AFL CEO Gill McLachlan said the health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials, partners and communities is the priority, with the decision made following advice provided by both Federal and state governments and the State and Territory Chief Medical Officers.


“We have said from the outset that we will rely on the advice of the medical experts who have been planning to deal with this situation for some time and we will continue to make decisions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officers. McLachlan said. “I am disappointed for our fans but we cannot put them in a situation that potentially jeopardises the health and well-being of the whole community. "The landscape is changing quickly, each organisation has their own set of challenges, but our clubs, players, officials and fans know that the health and safety of all is the number 1 priority."


The AFL will continue to monitor the situation closely.


Fans who have purchased tickets for Round 1 of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season via Ticketmaster and Ticketek will receive a refund, while club, AFL and venue members will be communicated to in coming days.


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