Rookie Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh was killed early this morning in an alleged domestic dispute. His 26-year-old son has been charged with murder by South Australian police.
Now, as tributes pour in for the 55-year-old former player, everyone in the AFL is trying to decide what to do next.
The Crows have a home game against Geelong on Sunday, but there’s growing talk about whether the game should be cancelled – and even whether all of round 14, which began last night with a depleted Sydney Swans pipping Port Adelaide by 10 points, should be abandoned.
The AFL has a press conference scheduled for 1.40pm AEST today, and the Crows, 20 minutes later at 2pm.
The general view is that the round should go ahead, especially with a blockbuster between Hawthorn and Collingwood at the MCG tonight expected to attract around 80,000, but the AFL is believed to be sympathetic to Adelaide if the players feel they can’t go ahead on Sunday.
Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon suggested a postponement so everyone can grieve.
Former Crows captain Mark Bickley said he believed Sunday’s game would be postponed.
“Taking away the fact that he is a football coach, the fact he is a father and a husband and all those things, that’s the thing we should be thinking about the most,” he said.
Adelaide legend Mark Ricciuto also believes the players won’t be ready for Sunday, and the game should be postponed, telling Triple M he played a game three days after his cousin died and “that was pretty tough”.
“It is hard to understand how in two days time they’re going to play a footy match. If it does go ahead, you wonder how they’ll go,” he said.
Business Insider will update this story when the AFL announces its plans.
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