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AFL players vote in favour of season proceeding as scheduled


AFL players have voted to play footy this week following a landmark meeting of over 800 players on Monday night, according to multiple reports.

A medical expert and AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh spoke in the meeting which presented numerous options to players, but the majority believe going ahead with the opening round of the season behind closed doors is the best way forward.

According to the Herald Sun, no vote was staged but instead a survey was distributed to all players before any decision on this weekend would proceed.

The players could be forced to take a 20 per cent pay cut as the league announced the season would be cut back to just 17 games amid the unprecedented coronavirus crisis.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed on Monday afternoon all options were on the table to be able to complete the season, which included extending into the summer months if needed.

McLachlan said the league would continue with no fans but admitted the situation is ever-changing.

He said that if a player tests positive to coronavirus in the coming weeks and months, the season would be paused for at least a fortnight.

Richmond and Carlton are currently scheduled to open the premiership season at the MCG on Thursday.

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