The round eight clash between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast scheduled for the Jiangwan Sports Stadium in Shanghai could be moved back to Metricon Stadium in light of the recent tensions between the US and North Korea.
The match is set to take place on Sunday, May 14, but will be moved back onto the Gold Coast if the Australian government deem the travel conditions to be unsafe.
Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said both clubs would listen to advice given to them from the government, but Thomas admitted that as it stands the game will take place as scheduled.
“We’ll take the best advice possible on it,” Thomas said on Tuesday.
“Clearly you can’t ignore the circumstances that prevail in the world today and they’re in a region that’s sensitive to China and where we will be.
“Right now, we have had no advice to suggest that the game is at risk or we shouldn’t be going, and we’ll just keep bowling along until we’re told otherwise.”
The match is currently listed as a Suns home game, although Port Adelaide bought the mach off them so they would be able to fulfill their contract with the Adelaide Oval that states they must play 11 games per season at the venue.
If the fixture does indeed need to be played in Australia, it will take place at Metricon Stadium, as Adelaide host Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on the night before the match.
“The AFL have said if the game doesn’t happen in Shanghai, they said this 12 months ago, it will happen at Metricon,” Thomas said.