2022 Qatar World Cup: FIFA and AFC postpone Asian zone playoffs because coronavirus

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The cancellation of major games continues due to the spread of the coronavirus. The most recent, those in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) jointly agreed to postpone the World Cup qualifying matches for the Asian zone to March and June due to the coronavirus epidemic , the world football organization announced on Monday March 9.

“Both for FIFA and for the AFC (Asian Football Confederation), the well-being and health of everyone involved in football matches remains the top priority. to share with the member associations concerned ”, we read in the press release announcing the postponement of the playoffs in the Asia zone.

“FIFA and the AFC will provide updates on these meetings in the coming days after consultations with AFC member associations. FIFA will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-2019 in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the confederations and the member associations, “added FIFA, which said it would decide in due course whether others Changes must be made to the schedule for Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, “always with the aim of preserving the safety and health of all concerned”.

The matches initially scheduled during the international windows of March 23-31, 2020 and June 1-9, 2020 are postponed to later dates; FIFA and the AFC will discuss the relevant arrangements for each postponed match.

However, in order to support the member associations concerned, if the security conditions of all the people involved meet the required standards and if the member associations which have to compete agree, it remains possible to play the matches scheduled during the windows international meetings of March or June 2020, but always subject to the prior approval of FIFA and the AFC.

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