Talay calls for suspension of the A-League

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With both the New Zealand and Australian governments enacting 14-day isolation periods for all travelers entering their respective countries, the immediate future of the A-League has never seemed more uncertain.

For Wellington Phoenix in particular, if they go to Australia, it’s two whole weeks in self-isolation before they carry on with the league. Returning to New Zealand would result in another 14 day quarantine, and as a result the club has stated that future games being held in NZ is ‘impossible’.

Solutions have been proposed with Nix general manager David Dome telling Sky Sports the Phoenix being based in Australia was the most likely scenario. But given the risk, there is a growing movement thinking the A-League should be temporarily suspended.

Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay joined those calls following Sunday’s 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

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“I just think common sense should prevail. The first thing that should be in the forefront should be player and staff safety,” he said.

“I believe it needs a break. Let all of this settle down. Then, everyone will know where we stand and we can get on with doing what they need to do to move forward.”

Ultimately however, the final decision will not be made by the Nix.

“The thing is that it’s not our decision. If the A-League decides it wants to continue on then we continue on,” Talay said.

Currently, the plan remains to fly into Sydney on Tuesday for Wellington’s Wednesday clash with the league leaders. There is seemingly no way it will go ahead given the self isolation period, but for the moment, it is still the plan.

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Interestingly, Talay believed the club will still be able to train while “self isolated.”

“I think we’re allowed to train. Because we travelled together, we can still be with each other. I think the isolation is more for public areas and I don’t think we need to go to any public areas,” he said.

For everyone involved with the league, it’s been a stressful 30 hours since the New Zealand government announced the new travel restrictions. For Wellington, plans change by the hour.

“We try to create a plan moving forward and then in an hour we change to another plan,” Talay said.

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“Today we were coming up with plans at 9am and we had to change it before warm ups thanks to the decision that’s been made by the Australian government. So obviously it’s a bit up in the air at the moment.”

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The Football Sack's resident teen kiwi football nut. Loves everything football except defeats.

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