AFC Champions League: Sydney FC's Qatar trip in doubt due to quarantine assurances

Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory are due to play their remaining Asian Champions League group games in a hub in Doha next month.

Sydney FC qualified for AFC Champions League after winning the 2019-20 A-League title.   -  Getty Images

A-League champion Sydney FC may not travel to Qatar for the Asian Champions League (ACL) if the Australian government does not give them permission to train together during quarantine on its return, coach Steve Corica has said.

Sydney, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory are due to play their remaining ACL group games in a hub in Doha next month but having to quarantine when they return could disrupt preparations for the domestic season, which starts on December 27.

Under current rules designed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, anyone arriving in Australia must quarantine for 14 days in a hotel.

“(Without an exemption) we'd have to consider if it's worthwhile going,” Corica told the Australian Associated Press.

“It's not really safe for the players to come back here, (quarantine for) two weeks, not train and then go straight into the A-League season.

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“We're working through that now with the government - the club's looking after that - but I'm pretty sure we'll be able to come back here, quarantine and train as well.”

The ACL was suspended in March due to the pandemic and West zone games were moved to Qatar when the tournament resumed last month.

Earlier this month, the Asian Football Confederation moved all remaining games for East zone sides from Malaysia to Qatar, where they will take place from November 18 to December 13.

Despite stringent bio-security measures, several West zone teams were affected by the novel coronavirus, with last year's winner Al Hilal axed from the competition after it was only able to muster 11 players for its final group fixture.

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