Cornavirus: Wellington Phoenix confirm departure for Sydney to complete season

Wellington Phoenix will fly to Australia on Wednesday to complete the A-League season.

Originally scheduled to fly out on Tuesday, the Phoenix delayed their flight 24 hours, while they awaited confirmation they'd be permitted to practice as a team in the 14-day mandated self-isolation period.

They've since reached an agreement with Australian state-based health officials that they would be able to train within that window.

On Sunday, Football Federation Australia announced that the remainder of the regular season would go ahead, but with all matches played behind closed doors in Australia - including the two remaining Phoenix home games.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said the decision to travel to Sydney was made as a club and not take lightly.

‘"We have discussed this amongst ourselves," said Dome. "We consulted with health professionals and government bodies in Australia and New Zealand, and taken all possible precautions to ensure those travelling are given the best protection possible.

"We are also conscious that the situation is constantly evolving and it may all change again tomorrow, but we are making this decision with the best information we have available at this time.

"As things have continued to evolve rapidly over the past few days, all options have been investigated and it became apparent that suspension of the A-League was never an option."

All players and staff were given the option of not travelling, Dome added.

"The club also recognises the impact that this will have on players and football operations' families, and a number of support measures are being put in place to assist them during this time."

Wellington's last two home matches at Sky Stadium have been cancelled and a decision is pending from FFA on their rescheduling.

The club will advise ticketholders and season members regarding refunds "in due course".