AFL game in Tassie can’t go ahead: Premier

The AFL will be forced to rejig its fixture again with Tasmania to keep its borders closed to people travelling from Queensland.

Tasmania premier Peter Gutwein confirmed the round-11 game between North Melbourne and Melbourne will not be able to take place on August 9 at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

Gutwein did not address the Kangaroos’ planned clash with Brisbane in the Tasmanian capital on August 15, but that match is also likely to be moved to another state.

Most of Victoria’s 10 clubs are temporarily based in Queensland, alongside the Brisbane and Gold Coast teams.

“The decision that has been arrived at is that for North Melbourne and Melbourne supporters, unfortunately, they won’t be playing here on the ninth of August,” Gutwein told reporters.

“We will not do anything that we believe will put the health of Tasmanians at risk. In terms of the AFL, that is the least of my considerations.

“I would hope that AFL could be played here later in the year but that will largely be dependent upon the circumstances of the states where the teams are based.”

Gutwein said Tasmania would have “safe travel bubbles’ with Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory from August 7.

Tasmania will not open its borders to people from Queensland or New South Wales until at least August 14, with the situation to be reassessed next month.

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