The deadly coronavirus has had an impact on every game. Even the Olympics had to be postponed for a year. Now preparations are being made to shift the Asian World Cup qualifiers matches to the UAE. Due to strict restrictions imposed by China’s Covid-19, the qualifying matches of this week’s World Cup football in the eastern city of Suzhou may be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The China Football Association released a statement in this regard on Monday. The Football Association said that after increasing cases of infection in Maldives and Syria, the national teams of these two countries will have to undergo strict isolation upon arrival in China and they cannot play according to the pre-determined schedule.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also later issued a statement confirming that the matches would be held at the second venue but did not specify the venue. “The Asian Football Confederation has decided to hold the rest of Group A matches at a neutral venue other than China,” the AFC said. The neutral venue will be announced in the coming days.
The China Football Association issued a report on Monday saying that as cases of infection in Maldives and Syria escalate, the national teams of these two countries will undergo stringent segregation upon reaching China and cannot play according to a pre-determined schedule. In such a situation, they cannot play according to the predetermined schedule and the qualifiers match can be shifted to the UAE.
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