Western Bulldogs Players Forced Into Isolation Amid COVID Scare

Developing story ahead of Round 11


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Western Bulldogs players and staff have been placed into isolation and sent for COVID testing after a staff member attended a major shopping centre visited by a positive case.

Just days from their anticipated clash with Melbourne, players will be placed into quarantine until the return of their test results. The current expectation is that they will commence training on Wednesday. 

The staff member visited a shopping centre in Highpoint during the deemed exposure period, the Bulldogs have since released a club statement. 

"As a precautionary measure, players and staff were asked by the AFL, in consultation with the State Government, to undergo testing and isolate to rule out any risk.

"The Bulldogs cooperated fully with the advice, in the best interests of public health and safety.

"It is expected that players and staff will be able to return to training on Wednesday, pending the negative test results being received overnight.

"The Club moved quickly to adjust its training schedule for the remainder of the week, and it expects minimal disruption to its preparations for Friday night’s match against Melbourne at Marvel Stadium."

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The top-of-the-table Bulldogs are due to play second-placed Melbourne on Friday night - marking the first of four AFL matches in Victoria this weekend.

The AFL announced on Tuesday morning it would suspend ticket sales for games in round 11 and 12 until the Victorian government make a decision on crowd sizes amid Melbourne's new COVID-19 outbreak.

On Tuesday, the state government announced new coronavirus restrictions including five-visitor limits for private gatherings, 30 for public gatherings and masks to be worn indoors.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 exposure sites and restrictions, head to: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

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25 May 2021




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