League Season Suspended Amid Coronavirus Risk

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Sports are, evidently, a major part of life in Melbourne, where Aussie rules was invented.

Johnson said the FFA board and A-League clubs were unanimous in making a "very tough and hard decision"' after consulting with a national working committee comprising member federations and the Professional Footballers Australia.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large", said Johnson while addressing a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday (March 24).

The FFA had already stopped last night's scheduled encounter between Perth Glory and Western United due to the closure of Western Australia's borders, however Newcastle's home match against Melbourne City - who were already in NSW having played the Mariners last Friday - went ahead as planned, with the Jets winning 2-1.

The NRL is taking the unprecedented step of suspending the season due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Sydney FC are now leading the 2019-2020 Hyundai A-League, with 48 points in 20 matches.

"This is the unanimous decision of the FFA Board and the Hyundai A-League clubs to postpone the competition."The decision has been made in consultation with the national working committee for coronavirus."The FFA will review the postponement in a couple of weeks with a date set for April 22."The goal at this stage is to reschedule games as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in order to complete the season".

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"To say this is the most serious threat to our game in 100 years is an understatement". Wellington Phoenix were in third with 36 points from 20 games.

The A-League, Australia's top men's soccer league, is expected to follow suit with a suspension announcement coming sometime Monday, per reports. "We will feel the financial pressure on the game at all levels", he said.

"Whenever there is a crisis or a big challenge, I think you've got to look for the opportunities and there are things we can improve in the game at all levels".

Johnson said that he had "no regrets" about the decision to bring the Phoenix to Australia.

Players and staff from the New Zealand-based club have spent more than a week in quarantine at a Sydney hotel in a bid to complete the season after each country imposed mandatory 14-day isolation for all arriving travelers.

The Super Rugby competition, which involves clubs from five countries, suspended its season last week and attempts in Australia and New Zealand to create domestic competitions for their teams have been put on hold.

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