Hawk withdrawn in COVID-19 exposure chaos

The AFL has been dealt yet another fixturing curveball after confirming that “multiple players and club staff members” visited Victorian exposure sites over the last few days.

Players and staff from Collingwood, Essendon, GWS Giants, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs were confirmed to have visited listed exposure sites in Victoria.

The AFL confirmed in a statement that each individual who attended an exposure site has since been tested and all have received a negative COVID-19 test result.

However, a number of the players and staff attended exposure sites currently classified as tier one by the Victorian government, meaning they will be required to spend a mandatory 14-day quarantine period despite a negative test result.

One such player is Hawthorn’s Conor Nash, who was withdrawn from the Hawks’ Saturday night clash against Melbourne after attending the Wallabies vs France rugby match on Tuesday night.

“Nash has been tested and received a negative result and is following the advice of the Victorian Department of Health,” a Hawthorn club statement read on Saturday afternoon.

“Hawthorn players and staff will continue to follow the advice of the AFL and Victorian Government to protect the competition and the broader community.”

Despite both Essendon and North Melbourne each having one player in isolation, the two teams’ clash, currently scheduled to be played at 12:35pm on Sunday at Metricon Stadium, is expected to go on as planned.

According to The Age, the Essendon player is injured while the North Melbourne player has “been described as a fringe player”, therefore allowing the match to continue.

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