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Venue for A-League Grand Final in dispute

A dispute over the venue for the A-League Grand Final has begun with the Australian Football League saying the Telstra Dome should be theirs. February 28 is the date of the A-League Grand Final involving Melbourne Victory and either Adelaide United or Queensland Roar but the AFL want to hold a NAB Cup quarter final featuring Collingwood and Richmond there on the same night.

The AFL believe they have the rights to the venue whilst the Football Federation Australia has publicly declared Grand Final will be at the Telstra Dome on the proposed date.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said the NAB Cup had been locked in and the fact that it is fallen star Ben Cousins' return make it a bigger spectacle.

"At this stage we have a dilemma as it (the Collingwood-Richmond game) is due to fall on a Saturday night, which the Victory might be playing as well," Demetriou said.

"It could be Ben Cousins' first game, so there could be a dilemma there for all concerned.

"At the moment, it is scheduled for Saturday night, Telstra Dome.

"It is in our fixture and we put that NAB Cup draw out in October.

"So, we will see what happens.

"The MCG is not available.

"It's not about staking a claim, but we have got a booking priority (at Telstra Dome), under our agreement."

Andrew Slevison
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