Phoenix All Whites Cleared to Play in Christchurch

New Zealand Football today cleared all of the Wellington Phoenix All Whites to play against Perth Glory in Christchurch on Saturday. Kick off of this game is now at the earlier time of 5.00pm.

New Zealand Football today cleared all of the Wellington Phoenix All Whites to play against Perth Glory in Christchurch on Saturday.

The injury to West Ham-s Winston Reid yesterday has not changed New Zealand Football-s release of the Phoenix-s All Whites.

Phoenix General Manager David Dome said all the parties involved had worked extremely hard together to allow the club-s six All Whites and Perth Glory-s Shane Smeltz to play in the game.

The kick-off in Christchurch has been brought forward 30 minutes, to 5pm, enabling the six players - Glen Moss, Jacob Spoonley, Leo Bertos, Andrew Durante, Ben Sigmund and Jeremy Brockie - along with Smeltz, to make the Christchurch to Auckland flight with greater ease.

“The Phoenix is very pleased with the resolution to this issue and we are extremely happy that all parties - New Zealand Football, Football Federation Australia, Fox Sports, Sky, Air New Zealand, Perth Glory, Vbase, Ticketek - have all come together to make this happen,” Dome said.

“The communication between New Zealand Football and the Club since the weekend has been first class - open and honest and with the best interests of football always at the fore.

“Everyone involved has done their best to meet the obligations to sponsors, fans and the A-League and to ensure that all teams affected have the best chance of success.

“It shows what can be achieved when everyone works together in good faith for an outcome that benefits football overall.

“We just need a big crowd in Christchurch to make all the effort worthwhile.”

Meet the Team Opportunities in Christchurch:

Friday 8 November:

4pm-5pm - Open Training and Autograph session, AMI Stadium Christchurch.

Saturday 9 November:

5.00pm - Kick off, Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory, AMI Stadium. (30 minutes earlier than previously advertised).