The NRL is allegedly investigating the crowd at Sunday’s match at Sunshine Coast Stadium between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights.
The same day Melbourne was declared to enter a strict lockout on Stage 4, the Storm defeated the Knights 26-16 in front of thousands of Sunshine Coast fans.
Yet Channel 9 reporter Danny Weidler announced after the round 12 match that the NRL was investigating a lack of social space from the spectators.
“NRL are investigating the possible lack of social distancing at the Storm-Knights game in a ‘packed’ crowd,” Weidler tweeted on Sunday.
“They have requested a report from the stadium and the Storm. The images on social media have caught their attention.”
Very much looking forward to going back into lockdown in Queensland in two weeks when this “social distancing” comes back to bite us all. What’s doing there? #nrlstormknights #SocialDistancing 🤔 pic.twitter.com/IGMvU4blBj
— Ed Jackson (@edjacko) August 2, 2020
The Melbourne Storm has asked Sunshine Coast Stadium to review its crowd control according to AAP writer Scott Bailey.
Officials are apparently adamant of the stadium, however, and the hill was under the capacity of 50 per cent.
During Sunday afternoon ‘s match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, Bailey also indicated social distancing was a problem.
“Been told social distancing was a dog’s breakfast outside ANZ Stadium today too with everyone trying to pay for parking,” Bailey tweeted.
“Why everyone isn’t told to pay as you exit using card at the boom gate in this situation is absolutely beyond me.”