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AFL in talks with Queensland Government to base more teams and officials in state

The majority of the remaining AFL season could be based in Queensland, with the league asking for a two month-deal in the Sunshine State.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today said the AFL had requested more teams and officials be based in Queensland for the coming months.

She said the final details were still being negotiated with the Chief Health Officer, but she supported the proposal.

“A short time ago I spoke to AFL CEO Gill McLachlan. He is looking to book accommodation for hundreds of players and officials in Queensland hotels for two months,” Ms Palaszczuk told a press conference.

In an earlier statement, the Premier pointed out nothing would happen without strict quarantine protocols and a COVID-management plan

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“As everyone knows, AFL is more than a sport to Victorians. We know how they feel,” she said in the statement.

“Given the choice between not having a season and having it based in Queensland, I think I know what the fans would like to happen.

“Negotiations between the NRL and the Chief Health Officer are continuing.

“The health and safety of Queenslanders must always come first.”

The AFL season has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide have already played several games in a Queensland hub.

The Eagles and Dockers have now headed home to Western Australia, with Geelong and Collingwood joining them for games beginning this week.

All 10 Victorian-based teams have already been moved to New South Wales, Queensland or Western Australia in order to allow the season to continue.

So far, the league has completed six rounds of a reduced 17-game season, with an eight-team finals series to come.

The AFL has announced the fixture for rounds seven and eight, with suggestions that rounds nine to 12 be played over a three-week period.

More to come.

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