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SCG boss Tony Shepherd insists match will be safe from COVID-19


#However, #Shepherd, who heads the #Venues NSW board which oversees the SCG and was a central figure in convincing CA to keep the third #Test in #Sydney, maintains “the safety of our fans the players is absolutely paramount”.

#He was speaking a day after a crowd of 10,128 attended the A-League derby between #Macarthur FC and #Western #Sydney #Wanderers at #Bankwest #Stadium on #Wednesday night.

#Venues NSW chairman #Tony #Shepherd.#Credit:#James #Brickwood

“#It’s not like a million people milling around #Sydney #Harbour on #New #Year’s #Eve. #It’s a totally different environment,” #Shepherd said.

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“#We wouldn’t let a crowd in if we thought it was dangerous. #We haven’t had a single transmission amongst fans at a stadium since COVID-19 came on the scene.

“#We’ve got strict protocols in place, we check on where people come from, we get the QR codes, we have social distancing, we have a lot of security, people can’t mix in the stadium and have to stay in their part of the stands. #We think we’ve got a very safe stadium and we wouldn’t open it if we didn’t think it wasn’t. #We wouldn’t want to have that on our heads.”

#Shepherd’s comments came as #Berejiklian also backed the decision to hold the #Test before a crowd but indicated attendance caps could be amended based on transmission numbers in the next week.

“The bottom line is this: we have to find a way to safely move on and return as much as possible to normal but keep protocols in place to protect [people],” #Shepherd said.

“#Provided people follow the protocols …. it will work, particularly in NSW with our excellent contact tracing and very, very high level of testing and quick turnaround of testing. #If we all follow the rules, we’ll be safe.”

#Former #Test fast bowler #Glenn #McGrath, meanwhile, said his fingers were crossed the match would be able to go ahead with a crowd. The major fundraiser for the #McGrath #Foundation, named after his first wife #Jane who died of breast cancer, is held on the third day of the SCG #Test every year.

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“#That’s where it all started, that’s where everything has been. #It’s still my favourite ground in the world,” #McGrath said from #Mumbai, where he is commentating on the series for #Sony #India.

“#At the end of the day with COVID and the way this last year has been, we were trying to prepare for any outcome. #We’d put a lot of contingencies in place, whether it was in #Sydney or in #Melbourne, to try and ensure that it was still a success. #But ultimately #Sydney is where we preferred it to be.

“I know they’ve confirmed it but hopefully cases don’t spike again.”

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