Australia: Melbourne teams stuck in 14-day quarantine while A-League resumes

Australia's A-League was one of the last leagues to shut down before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold around world.

It is set to resume play on Friday after a four-month hiatus, but a new spike in Covid-19 cases in the Melbourne area has forced three teams to relocate and delayed their restart.

Melbourne Victory, Western United and Melbourne City are still in 14-day quarantine period at a hotel in New South Wales after being forced to leave Melbourne. They took a charter to Sydney, but it took three days for all the protocols to be met for the flight to depart. They'll be able to train while in quarantine but they can't play league games.

Seven of the A-League’s remaining 27 regular-season games have had to be rescheduled, and  the playoff dates pushed back. The Grand Final will now be held on Aug. 30.

Sydney FC will play the first game on Friday against New Zealand's Wellington Phoenix at Jubilee Stadium, but an outbreak in the Sydney area has prompted speculation that the A-League will have to move all its match to Queensland.

Already Queensland is the home to teams from the Australian Football League and Australia’s National Rugby League might follow suit. Queensland has had just 13 Covid-19 cases since June 1.
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