Next month will see Brisbane Roar go head on against Melbourne City.
However, the team has threatened to field their youth team against Melbourne City, if their schedule falls 72 hours of their likely AFC Champions League playoff in China against Shanghai Shenhua.
The club’s clash against the Shanghai club was moved back a day to the 8th of February, which thus means that kick-off would be less than 72 hours before Roar’s game against City on February 11 at AAMI Park.
Although the tem is yet to book it’s berth against Shanghai, it is expected they would do so by going on to beat either Tampines Rovers (Singapore) or Global Fc (Philippines) on the 31st of January this year at the Suncorp Stadium.
And if Roar make it to Shanghai, Greg O’Rourke, A-League boss has said that the club’s A-league match against City would not be shifted back by a day, despite the preference of the Football Federation Australia that teams should have 72 hours between games.
The FFA has instead asked that the Asian Football Confederation, returns the likely clash to Tuesday 7th of February, which was formerly the original date for the match.
“We’re expecting to hear back from the AFC within 24 hours whether they will change the (likely Roar-Shenhua) match back to the date it had been first scheduled on,” O’Rourke said.
The match was earlier pushed back a day by the AFC because it clashed with the Champions League home playoff of Shanghai SIPG against either Yadanarbon (Myanmar) or Sukhothai (Thailand).
If they fail to make the change, then the FFA would request them to let Roar leave China few hours after the match comes to an end, instead of having them stay on in Shanghai for most of the next day as required by rules guiding the Champions League.