APL Statement: Sunday’s Semi Final

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The A-League 2021 Semi Final between Melbourne City FC and Macarthur FC on Sunday afternoon has been switched to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in NSW, amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne.

A-League Commissioner Greg O’Rourke said the decision had to be taken to allow one of the showpiece matches of the A-League 2021 Finals Series to be played at a neutral venue in front of a football crowd and move ahead for tickets to go on sale to all Melbourne City FC, Macarthur FC and general football fans. 

Though the Victorian Government has said that under Regional Victorian restrictions, up to 7000 Geelong and Western Bulldog members will be allowed to attend an AFL game in Geelong on Friday night, no supporters are allowed to attend the Geelong venue games unless they are from Regional postcodes and no fans are allowed to attend AAMI Park on Sunday as it falls under tighter Metropolitan Melbourne restrictions.  

“I share the frustration of Melbourne City and the Club’s supporters that the home A-League Semi Final they had earned by being Premiers can’t be played at AAMI Park,” said O’Rourke. “But with the game due to be played in less than four days, we have had to make the decision to move it to Sydney so that both teams can plan accordingly.

“Should Melbourne City win through and earn the right to host the A-League 2021 Grand Final, we very much hope that their supporters will be able to attend in person at AAMI Park should restrictions by then allow it.” 

Tickets for the match will go on sale later this afternoon. For all ticketing details, please visit finals.a-league.com.au

The A-League 2021 Finals Series, including the A-League 2021 Grand Final, will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, available to stream free through Kayo Freebies which anyone can access through the Kayo App or via kayosports.com.au/freebies and My Football Live with delayed broadcast on ABC TV.