AFL cancels Port Adelaide vs St Kilda match in Shanghai over coronavirus fears

AFL scrambles to find a new venue after cancelling Port Adelaide vs St Kilda match in Shanghai over coronavirus fears AFL plays a match at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai every year to show off footy St Kilda and Port were to play on May 31 but will now clash in Melbourne instead League battling scheduling issues as Saints home ground is in use that weekend Earlier tried to get Queensland Government to pay for it to be in Cairns 

By Nic White For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:18 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 03:58 GMT, 3 March 2020

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The AFL is scrambling to find a new venue for its annual Shanghai match after cancelling it over coronavirus fears.

Port Adelaide was due to play St Kilda in the Chinese city on May 31 but it will instead be played in Melbourne due to Australia's travel ban on mainland China.

An official announcement by the league is expected this week but has been held off by problems with rescheduling the round 11 game.

The AFL is scrambling to find a new venue for its annual Shanghai match between Port Adelaide and St Kilda (last year's game pictured) after cancelling it over coronavirus fears

The AFL is scrambling to find a new venue for its annual Shanghai match between Port Adelaide and St Kilda (last year's game pictured) after cancelling it over coronavirus fears

Shanghai residents line up outside Renji Hospital for coronavirus tests, with the wards fully booked and appointments having to be made on WeChat

Shanghai residents line up outside Renji Hospital for coronavirus tests, with the wards fully booked and appointments having to be made on WeChat

The Saints' home ground at Docklands Stadium is in use on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend.

One idea reportedly being discussed is for both teams' bye to be moved forward to round 11 and the game to be played on round 12 when the field is free.

Teams could also play on the Thursday or Monday of round 11, with Channel 7 reporting Monday is the leading solution.

The AFL earlier tried to move the game to Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns to offset the $700,000 payment St Kilda would lose from the Shanghai match.

'The league is wheeling and dealing in the background

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