Players and coaches from seven Victorian clubs will be forced out of hotspot COVID-19 Melbourne suburbs to be eligible to play in New South Wales, reports Fox Sports.
They have been given a deadline of midnight Wednesday to relocate.
The NSW Government announced that Victorians from the hotspot suburbs who cross the border face a $11,000 fine and six months jail.
According to Fox Sports, St Kilda, Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs are the clubs affected.
SEN’s Sam Edmund reports that around 30 AFL players are moving home to be eligible to play in NSW.
AROUND 30 AFL players living in Melbourne’s coronavirus “hot spots” are moving home to be eligible to play games in NSW. Follows order from NSW health officials that any Victorian crossing the border from a hot spot will face an $11,000 fines and 6 months jail.
— Sam Edmund (@Sammy__Edmund) July 1, 2020
The AFL requires maximum flexibility from its players, with hubs interstate looming.
The league has reportedly offered to put players in hotels if there are no other alternatives.
Fox Sports reports that the 10 Victorian clubs are preparing to move interstate as early as next week to help keep the season alive.
Nothing is official as yet and the clubs are yet to be informed of plans.