‘Not true’: AFL rubbishes claims of standing ban for fans

Footy fans will be allowed to stand and cheer for their teams at round one AFL matches at Marvel Stadium this weekend, despite reports to the contrary.

The AFL’s manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said on Wednesday morning that fans have to sit in their designated seat for contact tracing purposes, but can stand to barrack.

Travis Auld says fans will be able to stand and cheer on their teams at Marvel Stadium.Credit:Paul Rovere

“The literal interpretation of that might be taken that you can’t stand up but that’s not true,” Auld told 3AW radio.

“What we’re asking fans to do is remain in your seat for as long as you can but certainly stand up when you want to barrack for your team.

“Only leave your seat if you need to go to the bathroom or [for] food and beverage, just to restrict movement around the stadium.

“The broader principle is that health authorities want to identify where patrons have been during the event if they need to.

“By all means, stand up when your team needs some encouragement.”

AFL games in Victoria for round one this weekend will be played in front of 50 per cent capacity crowds beginning on Thursday night when Richmond play Carlton.

This will be the first weekend of men’s games to be played in front of crowds in Victoria since the 2019 AFL season.

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