This Sunday’s AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and Brisbane Lions has been moved from Optus Stadium to the Gabba, as WA’s virus restrictions remain in place.
The AFL officially confirmed the change on Tuesday, noting Fremantle would instead host the Round 21 game against the Lions.
The change means that Freo fans will be locked out of Optus Stadium for a third consecutive game, after Fremantle lost to West Coast in front of no crowd on Sunday, only hours before Premier Mark McGowan said the expected 45,000-person crowd posed too great a risk.
Fremantle had also played North Melbourne at a crowdless Optus Stadium in round six.
Freo chief executive Simon Garlick said the AFL's decision to move this Sunday's game to Brisbane would allow the competition to continue uninterrupted.
“The current COVID-19 situation in WA doesn’t yet allow for the certainty of crowds in attendance at Optus Stadium this weekend,” he said.
“There is the risk that more community cases occur in the coming days, which could impact Brisbane entering or leaving WA, along with our ability to travel interstate.
“Today’s decision minimises the risk of potential disruption in coming weeks.”