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AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has revealed the league will put the grand final in September up for sale should there be no crowds allowed for the showcase event in Melbourne.

As the league and Victorian health and government officials continue to work towards matches – and crowds – returning to Victoria next weekend for round 14 with lockdown restrictions easing, McLachlan said he was confident the grand final would be held at the MCG but could not guarantee it.

“The grand final is going to be at the MCG. We have a zero day [of positive coronavirus cases]. I think we are all feeling confident today,” he said.

“In the very unlikely event that somehow it [the grand final] wasn’t possible, I think we will do what we did last year, and that is open it up.”

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