Sydney FC will now face a Daniel Sturridge-inspired Perth Glory in the Izuzu Ute A-League with a change in the upcoming fixtures for both teams.
Sydney FC’s away Doubleheader against Melbourne City this Saturday has had to been rescheduled due to Covid-19 related issues with operations staff at Melbourne venues and broadcast production staff.
Sickness and isolation of staff who operate Melbourne venues on one of the biggest weekends of the year for sport in the Victorian capital has reduced the number of available personnel, meaning a number of venues will remain closed.
It has left the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) little choice but to cancel the double header scheduled for AAMI Park on Saturday evening.
The result is the Sky Blues will now play a HOME Liberty A-League Women’s match against Melbourne City at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, kicking off at 5.05pm on Saturday 22nd January.
This will be followed by a HOME Isuzu-Ute A-League Men’s match against the Daniel Sturridge-inspired Perth Glory at the same venue and kicking off at 7.45pm.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend said: “The issues faced with Covid-19 illnesses have placed an incredible strain on the league as well as a number of clubs hosting matches.
“The sickness in Melbourne has come at the worst possible time for venues with the A-League fixtures scheduled alongside the Australian Open, in one of the busiest weekends of the year.
“We’ve been working with the APL Commissioner and the Operations team to solve those issues and to come up with the best possible outcome to ensure games can go ahead.
“Fortunately, we’ve been able to re-arrange our Perth Glory Men’s match from three weeks ago, as well as ensure our Women’s match against Melbourne City can still go-ahead as a home fixture, with no further backlog occurring.
“I’d truly like to thank our Members and fans for their patience and understanding for these difficult situations with which we are faced.”
Ticket purchasers for the away matches against City are advised to hold onto their tickets and they will be contacted by Melbourne City once the rescheduled fixtures are announced.
The Sky Blues match against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on the evening of Tuesday 25th January, 2022 is currently unaffected.