Victorian fans keen to return to games if health advice allows


More Victorian AFL fans are keen to return to games if health advice permits, the AFL Fan Association says.

AFL Fans Association president Cheryl Critchley says any return of fans to games in Victoria is welcome and it was great to have almost 7000 at Friday night’s Geelong-Bulldogs game.

“Victorians have done it tough over the past year; most could not attend any AFL men’s games in 2020 and have missed several in 2021,” she says. “This has been disappointing and disheartening for many.

“The past few weeks have been difficult for Victorian diehards, and it is great to see a light at the end of the tunnel as COVID cases subside. We hope that more fans can return to games soon.

“Having said that, the AFL Fans Association has consistently deferred to expert health advice when it comes to attending AFL games during the COVID-19 pandemic, and things can change at any time.

“We understand that we can’t have crowds unless the relevant health experts decide that it is safe and how many people can be accommodated.

“They are best placed to decide crowd size, although we’d obviously love to see as many as possible allowed to attend.”

The AFLFA also urges fans to continue to do be vigilant at games and use QR codes.

“The vast majority of fans have done the right thing with COVID-safe protocols, and we’d urge them to continue,” Cheryl says. “The latest outbreak showed how important it is to use QR codes.”