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FFA probe golf buggy incident involving Wellington Phoenix players

FFA CEO James Johnson says border closures forced the A-League to postpone the season.

Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team's A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have legal ramifications.

Football Federation Australia and Phoenix management are investigating the alcohol-related incident in which Payne and teammate Oliver Sail drove a golf buggy beyond the team's remote Sydney facility, where they were undergoing 14 days of self-isolation.

All Whites international defender Payne admitted he and Sail broke the...

A-League to play out remaining games in Sydney and Melbourne

Incredible last-ditch defending from Melbourne City holds the Wanderers to a 1-1 draw. Watch A-League on ESPN+.

A condensed A-League season looks set to play out almost entirely in Sydney and Melbourne under a revamped schedule that is close to finalisation.

Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome gave an insight into the overhauled nature of the league caused by the need to isolate teams and reduce travel because of the coronavirus.

Dome revealed Australia's two biggest cities will be hubs for the remainder of the regular season, which will be completed by mid-April at empty stadiums.

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Wellington Phoenix get assurances from FFA, agree to fly Australia

Incredible last-ditch defending from Melbourne City holds the Wanderers to a 1-1 draw. Watch A-League on ESPN+.
Brisbane veteran Scott McDonald's third goal in two matches secures the Roar a 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners.

Wellington Phoenix will fly to Sydney on Wednesday afternoon after receiving assurances from A-League bosses they will be able to train together while in self isolation.

Wellington officials had agreed to play out the remainder of the season in Australia, which was the only way for the league to be completed under the coronavirus travel restrictions.

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However, the Phoenix delayed their...

A-League soldiers on in the face of coronavirus, but at what cost?

It's Monday. Time to talk about the good, bad and ugly from Round 23 in the A-League. But first ...

The health and safety of staff and officials

Much like when bushfires ravaged parts of Victoria and New South Wales earlier this season, this weekend provided a reminder as to the real-life importance of football and sport.

With the threat of COVID-19, the safety of people working in and around the A-League must take primary importance. Similarly to the Australian economy itself, however, the competition's...

Coronavirus: Wellington boss Ufuk Talay calls on A-League suspension

Ufuk Talay, Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix boss Ufuk Talay wants A-League suspension.

Wellington have confirmed they intend to play out their A-League season in Australia but coach Ufuk Talay said a sensible outcome would be to suspend the competition.

The Phoenix will fly to Sydney on Tuesday and are committed to being based in the city for at least six weeks as they bid to clinch a maiden title in a competition thrust into chaos by the coronavirus.

Talay's team and their opponents in Wellington on Sunday night, Melbourne Victory, will both need to undergo a mandatory 14-day period...