Crystal Palace and West Ham postpone Australian tours - SportBusiness

English Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and West Ham United have indefinitely shelved their planned July tour to Australia citing the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason.

The clubs were scheduled to compete in the inaugural EVA Air Queensland Champions Cup. The exhibition event was scheduled for July 11 to 18 with each team playing two matches.

Games were set to take place in three cities, Townsville, Gold Coast, and Brisbane – including A-League side Brisbane Roar, coached by former England striker Robbie Fowler.

“These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone, and whilst it’s disappointing to have these exciting fixtures postponed, Brisbane Roar places paramount importance on the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, their families and our dedicated fans,” Brisbane Roar chief executive David Pourre said on the club website.

Tim McGregor, the managing director of event organisers TEG Live, said: “TEG Live would like to extend our gratitude to the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, EVA Air, Suncorp Stadium managed by ASM Global, Stadiums Queensland, City of Townsville and City of Gold Coast for their ongoing support of the Queensland Champions Cup concept and we hope to be able to deliver the event together in 2021.”

Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said today that restrictions on international travel would remain in place for at least another three to four months. Large scale gatherings like music festivals and sporting events are still completely off the table according to Murphy.