AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has told finals fans not to stream onto the field to mark Lance Franklin’s 1000th goal.
It is expected extra security and police will be on hand to prevent the crowd from marking the milestone in the traditional manner of a pitch invasion.
In the past, the league has preferred fans not to run onto the playing surface to mark such landmarks though could do little to stop people power when the moment came.
Membership of the 1000-goal club seemed improbable for Franklin at the start of the season but, with just eight more goals needed, it is now firmly on the cards. It could happen in this Saturday’s Sydney derby elimination final in Launceston.
League officials and health authorities in Tasmania are desperate to avoid a scenario where up to 10,000 fans in a state without any active cases could come into contact with players and staff who would have flown in…