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FFA Gets Exemption From NSW Government For A-League

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ootball Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed it has received an official exemption under the NSW Public Health Order for the Victorian-based A-League clubs to travel to NSW to complete the 2019/20 season.

The exemption means Melbourne City FC, Melbourne Victory and Western United FC will be allowed to travel to NSW, where they will have to undertake 14 days of quarantine in an agreed facility, allowing players to train and prepare before being able to resume the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

FFA CEO, James Johnson, said he appreciated the NSW Government’s understanding and support to make this happen.

“I would personally like to thank the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, for granting this exemption during these extraordinary times,” Johnson said.

“We understand our responsibilities to the people of NSW now this exemption has been granted and our clubs will continue to adhere to the strict COVID-safe protocols that they have been observing since early June for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

“Greg O’Rourke and the team have worked extremely hard during the coronavirus pandemic, and we have overcome considerable challenges to get ourselves back on tract to complete the season.

“I would also like to thank the three clubs from Victoria, their players and staff, as well as their families at home, who have been flexible and done everything possible, with much sacrifice, to ensure they are able to complete the season.

“Now that we have certainty that all our clubs will be ready for the restart, we will look to modify our match schedule accordingly to give all teams the opportunity to perform at their best.

“The three Victorian teams will now prepare to depart for Sydney as soon as possible,” he said.