SUNDAY'S game between Adelaide and Geelong will not go ahead in the wake of Phil Walsh's alleged murder. 

AFL's CEO Gillon McLachlan addressed the media this afternoon to express his condolences and discuss the much anticipated game.

"We've decided that the game on Sunday between Adelaide and Geelong will not go ahead," Mr McLachlan said.

"This is a decision of the competition as a mark of respect to Phil Walsh. It is our decision, because while playing footy can be part of the grieving process, we are strongly of the view that it is not fair to ask the young men of the Adelaide Crows or the Geelong Cats to play in these circumstances. 

"The remaining seven games will go ahead from tonight. We know that the usual fun and passion of our game will not be there.

"To his family, we can only say that your loved father and husband is in all our hearts and whatever support we can offer, we will.

"To the Adelaide Football Club, the AFL industry is with you. In thoughts, and in action today, offering all the support we can."

EARLIER: THE clash between the Adelaide Crows and Geelong could be cancelled following the shocking murder of Crows coach Phil Walsh.

Adelaide Crows players were gathering a short time ago.

Some of the players were still being informed of their coaches' death.

The AFL said this morning its thoughts were with the Adelaide football club and its staff, coaches and players.

It will await a discussion with the Adelaide Crows about whether Sunday's game - at 3.20pm at Adelaide Oval against Geelong - will go ahead.

League spokesman Patrick Keane told News Corp the AFL would comment on the matter later today.

Football commentators have said this morning it would be unfair to expect the Crows to play so soon after the death of their coach.

The AFL is expected to release a statement later today.

Adelaide is still coming to grips with the death of head assistant Dean Bailey from cancer in March last year.


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