The AFLW Western Derby clash at Fremantle Oval was exempt from the state government’s new vaccination entry obligations for major events for 11 hours.
More than 5,000 spectators gathered on the ground Saturday night as Fremantle collided with the West Coast during the opening round of the 2022 AFLW season.
On Monday, the newly appointed Health Minister, Amber Jade Sanderson, announced that major events attending more than 500 people require vaccination certification.
But a Saturday night state government spokesman said the AFLW clash was not subject to the rules.
“The match did not require vaccination proof, based on advice from the Supreme Health Officer,” said a spokesman.
Fans were able to pass through the Fremantle Oval Gate without proving that they had received both jabs.
“It was weird. We came in and prepared vaccinations and ID proofs,” said Dockers fan David Winkless.
“I showed it to the guy scanning the ticket, but he wasn’t interested.
“Then there was a guard who wanted to see my tick.
“They were just asking random people. I thought they would ask me to look at my digital certificate and my ID. None of them.”
Fremantle Football Club told 7NEWS that it had not been instructed to ask spectators for proof of vaccination at the gate of the ground.
That’s despite the fact that the club’s website says that supporters over the age of 16 need to prove that they have been vaccinated twice to participate in the game and have presented their ID.
It is understood that the WA Football Commission called for clarification of this issue on Saturday morning and was told by WA police that it was not necessary to check the status of vaccinations.
AFLW Derby clash between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Footballs exempt from vaccination obligations
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