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Crows nervous about AFL's MCG impasse

By Roger Vaughan 24/07/2005 08:01:59 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide is growing increasingly nervous about the AFL-MCG impasse, with the issue looming again as a major embarrassment for the league during the finals.

Crows chief executive Steven Trigg said the club would continue its push for the AFL commission to finally solve the dilemma.

The issue has again become prominent because non-Victorian teams West Coast, Adelaide and Sydney hold the top three spots only five weeks out from the finals.

The AFL and Melbourne Cricket Club are having ongoing negotiations to solve the problem, which forced Brisbane to "host" its preliminary final last year against Geelong at the MCG.

"We've been told for probably three months that it's imminent. That it's not (signed away) is a major concern," Trigg said.

"Adelaide is now happy to say outwardly that it's made the finals and will make a noise about it (the MCG issue), but it is fundamentally wrong in terms of the integrity of the competition.

"Brisbane experienced it last year and we experienced it in 2003.

"I think Brisbane held their tongue very well - logic says it would have been significant."

An AFL spokesman said that the league remained "hopeful" of a resolution to the problem before the finals.

Trigg was hopeful the league might be able to "bank" a preliminary final to ensure a non-Victorian team was not disadvantaged, but the AFL spokesman said this provision only applied to the first two weeks of the finals.

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