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Fixture upheaval

Richmond will now play Melbourne instead of West Coast in Round 5. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SIX AFL clubs have been impacted by a Round 5 fixture reshuffle forced by fresh Queensland coronavirus protocols that have thrown the season into chaos.

Queensland health officials have issued new directives that will force Brisbane and Gold Coast into 14-day quarantine should they play a Melbourne-based club.

The Lions and Suns would also have to quarantine if they played in Melbourne, and against any team that had been in Melbourne in the preceding 14 days.

The directive has forced the AFL to recast Round 5 scheduling as Victoria’s coronavirus spike continues to worsen, announcing 75 new cases on Monday.

Richmond’s scheduled game against West Coast on the Gold Coast has been postponed.

Instead, Carlton will play St Kilda at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne – a game initially scheduled for Saturday.

Richmond will now play Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, with the Eagles now to meet Sydney on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The AFL’s general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld says more fixturing changes loom beyond this round.

“I want to thank the Queensland government … for their support of the AFL season and for helping us to make the changes this week that are in line with their quarantine requirements related to Covid-19 hotspots,” Auld said in a statement.

“Since the beginning of this Covid-19 pandemic we have said consistently that every decision we make will be anchored in the advice of government and the chief health officers and that we would always rely on their advice.

“We understand the decision of the Queensland government.”

Auld said the AFL would work through the implications for the following rounds before announcing any changes required for rounds six and seven.

(C) AAP 2020

REVISED ROUND 5 FIXTURE

Thursday, July 2 STADIUM  EST LOCAL
Carlton vs. St Kilda Marvel Stadium 7:40pm 7:40pm
Friday, July 3 STADIUM EST LOCAL
Collingwood vs. Essendon MCG 7:50pm 7:50pm
Saturday, July 4 STADIUM EST LOCAL
West Coast Eagles vs. Sydney Swans Metricon Stadium 1:45pm 1:45pm
Geelong vs. Gold Coast Suns GMHBA 4:35pm 4:35pm
Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Marvel Stadium 7:40pm 7:40pm
Brisbane Lions vs. Port Adelaide The Gabba 7:40pm 7:40pm
Sunday, July 5 STADIUM EST LOCAL
Adelaide Crows vs. Fremantle Metricon Stadium 1:05pm 1:05pm
Melbourne vs. Richmond MCG 3:35pm 3:35pm
GWS GIANTS vs. Hawthorn Giants Stadium 6:10pm 6:10pm