Arnold's desperate plea to NSW government

2 weeks ago

Socceroos manager Graham Arnold has urged the NSW authorities to let fans to be Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia successful Sydney.

After the Socceroos' 11-game winning streak came to an extremity past nighttime against Japan, Australia's bid for a fifth-straight World Cup quality volition get tougher erstwhile they look unbeaten Saudi Arabia connected November 11.

While nary fixture has been locked in, it's understood Football Australia is hoping the lucifer tin beryllium played backmost location successful Sydney.

Last night's lucifer successful Saitama was the archetypal clip Japan played successful beforehand of location fans and aft the Samurai Blue ended its signifier slump with a triumph against the Socceroos, Arnold stressed however important having a assemblage tin be.

Socceroos manager Graham Arnold (Getty)

"The assemblage had a large portion to bash with that. I person watched Japan play the past 3 games without a crowd, and their vigor was obscurity adjacent what it was tonight," Arnold said aft the game.

"I conscionable truly americium reaching retired to the NSW authorities and truly appealing to them to assistance america connected this travel connected our World Cup pathway.

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"I haven't been location for six months, but present that NSW person vaccinated 80 per cent plus, we are inactive 4 weeks distant from this game, (I truly hope) that they assistance america by allowing fans into the stadium.

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"We person seen (the quality it makes) successful the UK and astir the satellite wherever it is 80 per cent vaccinated and everyone has got afloat crowds again."

As it stands, Australia sits successful 2nd spot connected Group B, with six much games to go.

Australia indispensable decorativeness either archetypal oregon 2nd successful Group B to suffice for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

A third-place decorativeness would nonstop the Socceroos into a dreaded play-off with the federation that finishes 3rd successful Group A.

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