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A ticketing nightmare is looming for the AFL with the state government likely to delay loosening COVID-19 restrictions, halving the capacity of the sell-out "western derby" scheduled next weekend.

Western Australia was scheduled to move to Phase 5 of its Roadmap to Recovery on July 18, however Premier Mark McGowan on Monday warned the recent outbreak in Melbourne was becoming an increasing public health issue for other states, Heather McNeill reports.

The western derby is due to be played at Optus Stadium on July 19.

The western derby is due to be played at Optus Stadium on July 19.

Phase 5 would have seen the removal of the two-square-metre and 50 per cent capacity rules, allowing the Fremantle Dockers to host a sell-out 60,000-strong crowd against West Coast at Optus Stadium on July 19.

But if restrictions are not eased, the capacity of the stadium will remain at 30,000.

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