Shanghai Shenhua cancel travel plans to face Perth in ACL


Perth Glory's Asian Champions League opponents Shanghai Shenhua have reportedly cancelled their travel to Australia for the group stage opener next Tuesday.

The Glory were due to kick off their maiden ACL campaign against Shanghai Shenhua on Tuesday at HBF Park in Perth.

The federal government's restrictions on foreign nationals entering Australia from mainland China in response to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China has however created a huge headache for organisers.

Last Sunday the FFA advised the AFC neither the Glory match nor Sydney's clash with Shanghai SIPG next Wednesday can now be played in Australia.

FFA head of leagues Greg O'Rourke is in Malaysia attending an urgent meeting with stakeholders at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday as a solution is sought.

It seems however that whatever the outcome, Shanghai Shenhua won't be playing the Glory next week with a Chinese sports media group reporting the team had cancelled their travel plans to Australia.

"Since their entry to Australia is blocked, Shanghai Shenhua cancelled their tickets to Australia on Sunday and went to Dubai for pre-season training this morning instead," Titan Sports Plus tweeted on Tuesday, adding the club didn't expect the Glory match to go ahead as scheduled.

The deadly outbreak has created chaos with several sporting events including China's domestic football campaign, which was postponed last week until the situation is resolved.

China's women's team has been forced to train in the corridors of a Brisbane hotel after being placed in isolation ahead of their Olympic qualifiers in Sydney.

There's also concern over China's World Cup qualifiers against the Maldives and Guam in March.

Source AAP