Roar v Victory postponed as cyclone lashes Queensland

Archie Thompson will have to wait for his 200th A-League appearance as Friday night’s clash between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium has been postponed due to Cyclone Marcia battering Queensland over the last 24 hours.

There may be bigger issues for Victory, though, as star striker Besart Berisha has been handed a ‘please explain’ from Football Federation Australia after making an inflammatory gesture towards Sydney FC fans during last weekend’s controversial 3-3 draw.

At the moment Berisha is available to play against his old side, but any potential suspension could rule him out of this match, depending on when it is re-scheduled.

At the moment, the FFA are merely saying a new date for the clash will be announced at a later date after making the decision in accordance with the Queensland government and police.

“We have decided to postpone tonight’s Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory match at Suncorp Stadium due to safety concerns and also out of respect for all of those in Queensland facing the potential disaster of Cyclone Marcia” said Head of the Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun.

“FFA liaised with a broad range of stakeholders including the Queensland Government, police and emergency services and we received consistent information that we would be putting players, fans and staff at risk if we played the match.

“Residents in south east Queensland are being advised by Queensland police and emergency services to stay indoors so it is inappropriate for us to play a football match tonight in these circumstances.

“We are also mindful of taking emergency resources away from the disaster areas in south-east Queensland and feel it is the appropriate action to take in the interest of public safety.”