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July 3, 2015 2:15 PM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 3: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the media on the passing of Phil Walsh, Senior Coach of the Adelaide Crows at AFL House, Melbourne on July 3, 2015. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 3: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan addresses the media on the passing of Phil Walsh, Senior Coach of the Adelaide Crows at AFL House, Melbourne on July 3, 2015. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

Adelaide will not play either of its games at AFL or SANFL level this weekend after the sudden death of senior coach Phil Walsh.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has announced that Sunday’s AFL game against Geelong at Adelaide Oval has been cancelled, with both clubs to share the premiership points as per AFL rules. The other remaining seven games in round 14 will be played this weekend.

Saturday’s SANFL game against South Adelaide has been postponed to later in the season. Port Adelaide’s SANFL game has also been postponed.

McLachlan said: “Today, I have spoken with many people in the industry, briefed all our club CEOs and Presidents, and the AFL Commission. There have been discussions about the game on Sunday and even about playing this round. 

“We have decided that the game on Sunday between Geelong and Adelaide will not go ahead. This is a decision of the competition, as a mark of respect to Phil Walsh.

“And it is our decision, because, while playing footy can be part of the grieving process, we are strongly of the view that is it not fair to ask the young men at the Adelaide Crows, or the Geelong Cats to play in these circumstances. 

“This decision has the support of the clubs and the Players Association. The premiership points will be split between the two clubs, as per the AFL rules. 

“We know that this decision impacts on a lot of people, including supporters and fans, including those who may have travelled or intend to travel. 

“We are working closely with all our partners on these issues, and the AFL and Club websites will keep members and supporters updated on arrangements.”