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Socceroos can’t participate in Copa America

Wed 24 February 2021 | 20:19

Australia’s national team was forced to withdraw from Copa America due to a rescheduling.

Australia’s national

team has been forced to withdraw from Copa America after their World Cup qualification games were rescheduled.

Here is what Football Australia chief executive

James Johnson

has said about the matter:

"It is with great disappointment that Australia cannot feature at the Copa America in 2021,

"Regrettably, the international football calendar, including our FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification schedule, has been significantly disrupted over the past 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"On behalf of the Australian football community, I would like to thank CONMEBOL for their warm invitation to the tournament, as well as their continued dialogue regarding our participation over the past year. We would also like to thank AFC and FIFA which supported our invitation to the tournament in 2019.

"To have participated in such a prestigious competition and to experience the unique South American football culture would have been a thrill for Australian players, staff and fans alike. We wish CONMEBOL every success in the delivery for the Copa America and remain hopeful for an opportunity to participate in future editions of the competition,"

Socceroos

boss has also talked about the matter saying that he has been disappointed.

"The Socceroos' players and staff were greatly looking forward to the unique opportunity of playing in the Copa America and it is unfortunate that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to attend in 2021,"

Arnold said

.

"On behalf of the team, I thank CONMEBOL for the invitation, which would have presented our team with a fantastic opportunity to test itself against some of the world's best."


source: SportMob
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