Frustrated Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon has accused Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of having double standards in enforcing quarantine regulations.
Moon is part of the Roar travelling party that returned home to Brisbane on Monday night from a NSW A-League hub to start a 14-day period of quarantine in a city hotel.
Up until last Friday, Roar players, coaches and other staff that had been in a NSW bubble since last month had assumed they would be able to quarantine in their own homes once back in Queensland when their A-League campaigned finished.
But Football Federation Australia’s failure to gain the Roar an exemption from the Queensland government has forced them in to isolation at the Novotel until September 7.
Pleas for two people per room and a common area in the hotel for the players to congregate fell also on deaf ears.
Instead, players, coaches and staff must stay by themselves in rooms, apart from an odd 10-minute period of fresh air within the hotel property with only three other people.
Moon slammed the inconsistencies that forced the Roar into “hard” hotel quarantine, while departing Broncos coach Anthony Seibold was able to serve a quarantine period at home in Brisbane., and NRL and AFL teams were granted exemptions.
“There’s been one rule for us, one rule for AFL and rugby league, there’s been one rule for a certain coach that’s actually left protocol or the bubble when they were in New South Wales and got to home quarantine,” Moon said.
“Not only was there a different rule for us as a code compared to the other codes but there’s already a proven inconsistency out there that no-one wants to talk about.
“If they (the Queensland government) are prepared to make one rule for one then why not for others when we went through the same biohazard securities, the same protocols in camp, like the AFL and the rugby league.
“Us going into quarantine, if it was consistent for everyone, no problems, we’re like everyone else, we’ll do what we needed to do, but that wasn’t the messaging.
“Good luck to the Premier, good luck to the chief medical officer. The Premier’s been strong on borders and I agree with her approach and she’s going to get elected in the next election, but she certainly let Brisbane Roar and football down.”
Moon was also furious at allegedly being accused by a police officer on Monday night of living a life of “privilege” while in NSW.
“I was very disappointed that they accused us of living a life of privilege in our bubble in NSW and saying that it wouldn’t be like that here in Queensland,” Moon said.
“We understand the situation. It’s about what we were told, the sacrifices we made to try to make sure we could come back and home quarantine.
“What we went through for five weeks (in NSW) is pretty much what we’re going through now. We led a life of discipline.”
Wellington Phoenix defender Luke DeVere is also serving a 14-day quarantine period at the Novotel after returning from Sydney on the same flight as the Roar.
Roar pair Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Macaulay Gillesphey returned home to the UK from Sydney, defender Scott Neville stayed in NSW, while Kai Trewin, Jordan Courtney-Perkins and Izaack Powell travelled to Canberra.