Adelaide Crows Fixture Abandoned In Respect For Late Coach
The AFL community have been shocked and saddened by Phil Walsh's passing this morning and the AFL's response has been to abandon Sunday's fixture between Adelaide Crows and Geelong.
AFL CEO Gill McLachlan made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon in the wake of the tragic news.
The teams have settled on splitting the four points - as what happens with a draw.
The remainder of the round 14 fixture will go ahead as scheduled.
"We know that the usual fun and passion of our game will not be there," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan told reporters in Melbourne.
"We also know that our clubs, members and supporters will gather in a spirit of respectful mourning in support for the family and friends of a great football man who was loved by so many."
A minute silence will be adhered to at tonight's clash between Collingwood and Hawthorn at the MCG to pay respect to the fallen coach.
Walsh passed away early this morning after receiving stab wounds and could not be resuscitated at the scene.
The 26-year-old son of the Adelaide Crows coach is currently in custody over the murder.
The Crows' coach took over the guard at Adelaide in the lead up to the 2015 season and had taken the team to seventh place on the ladder in his first season.
Walsh had put in a weighty football apprenticeship, playing 122 games from 1983 until 1990 and then had filled rolls with Geelong FC, Port Adelaide, West Coach and Adelaide.
The Adelaide Football Club have been hit hard over recent seasons, also losing one of their football administration in Dean Bailey 18 months ago to cancer.