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Bookmakers suspend betting on Essendon vs Carlton

  • The news comes in the wake of Conor McKenna's postive Covid-19 reading
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Betting on Saturday night's Essendon vs Carlton match has been suspended (Getty Images)

Online bookmakers have elected to suspend all betting markets on Saturday night's AFL match between Essendon and Carlton.

The decision was made due to the fact that there's no clear indication as to whether the game will go forward or if it will be postponed and rescheduled for later in the year as the fallout continues following Conor McKenna's positive test for Covid-19.

The AFL had already postponed Sunday's Essendon vs Melbourne match at the MCG with a rescheduled date to be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Bombers now have a number of tests to undergo to determine whether players who have come into close contact with McKenna have contracted the virus. Even if the test results come back negative, those players that trained with the Irishman may be forced to sit out for a two week isolation period.
AFL‘s general counsel Andrew Dillon told Melbourne radio station 3AW that Essendon could be without a number of their players that came into close contact with McKenna, even if they test negative.

“Ultimately, the AFL rules are pretty clear on this,” Dillon said.

“Leaving coronavirus out of this, as long as you have got 22 players and a couple of emergencies then you are able to field a team.

“So, as far as the AFL rules go – as long as they‘ve got enough players to field a team and a couple of emergencies – then we’re ready to play.”

Betting agencies will likely reopen betting on the Essendon vs Carlton match as soon as announcements are made pertaining to Saturday night.

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