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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today revealed the she is working with the AFL to draft a two-month deal to host the entire competition and all teams out of Queensland.
This comes after AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan once again had to follow the lead of Saint Peter V’landys in securing a COVID-19-free bubble for footballers to continue their season uninterrupted.
The news confirms the message sent in the AFL’s round eight fixture, with the league desperate to clear out of NSW, which appears to be now experiencing the same second wave that Victoria caused with their arrogance.
Four clubs – Geelong, Collingwood, Carlton and Hawthorn – are in or will soon enter a Western Australian hub but it’s understood Victorian clubs are bracing to finish the season in Queensland.
This new plan will also give AFL players the chance to be ‘just another face in the crowd’ – and become acquainted with full blown anonymity.
Given the exemplary handling of the pandemic in Queensland, life is almost returning to normal in the parks and pubs of Brisbane and other major centres north of the Tweed.
It is here that AFL footballers will be able to experience what it’s like when no one knows who the fuck you are.
While AFL executives fear this might result in their players behaving worse than rugby league players do in the Sunshine State, they are also relieved that it probably wouldn’t even make the newspapers.
While Palaszczuk says she’s not overly worried about AFL footballers playing up in The Valley, she does have concerns about Queensland’s Indigenous population being exposed to booing and institutional racism at the hands of the Southern football code.
MORE TO COME.