2022 World Cup qualifiers postponed in Asia due to coronavirus fears

Tue 10 March 2020 | 6:36

FIFA has announced that the latest round of World Cup qualifiers in Asia has been postponed.

Fears over coronavirus spread even made FIFA officials to postopone the upcoming AFC World Cup qualifiers.

According to FIFA, after consultation with the AFC and other Asian member associations, AFC World Cup qualifiers matches that were to take place between March 23-31 and June 1-9 have been postponed to later dates.

A statement from FIFA added: "However, in order to support the member associations concerned, and provided that the safety of all individuals involved meets the required standards and that the member associations due to play each other mutually agree, the match(es) may still be played during the international windows of March or June 2020, but always subject to prior approval from both FIFA and the AFC."

Qatar, as the hosts, are already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, while Syria, Australia, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Japan, Vietnam and Turkmenistan fight in the second round of AFC World Cup qualifiers.


There have been 109,343 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, with 3,809 deaths. China, the source of the outbreak, has 80,904 confirmed cases, South Korea has 7,382 and Iran 6,566.



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