MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – The Asian Champions League was thrown into further chaos Sunday with Australia announcing that fixtures due to be held in Perth and Sydney can no longer take place due to travel restrictions related to the deadly coronavirus.
The news follows a Saturday announcement by Australia’s government that non-citizens arriving from mainland China would be barred from entering the country under measures to combat the spread of the epidemic.
Perth Glory were due to host Shanghai Shenhua on Feb. 11, with Sydney FC to face Shanghai SIPG a day later.
Football Federation Australia said it had told the Asian Football Confederation that “it will now not be possible to play matchday one in Australia as originally scheduled.”
Last week, home games for Chinese clubs in the ACL during February and March were rescheduled, and will now be played as away fixtures instead.
FFA said the AFC had called an urgent meeting for Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the situation with all stakeholders.
Australian officials have confirmed 12 cases of coronavirus in the country so far.