FIFA Says It May Postpone WC Qualifiers Over Coronavirus
The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA is considering postponing the Asian World Cup qualifiers as a result of the Coronavirus ravaging the globe.
The qualifiers are scheduled to be played this month.
China’s matches against the Maldives at home and Guam away have already been moved Buriram, Thailand, and will be played behind closed doors.
The football governing body noted that it would provide an update following consultations with the national associations and would continue to monitor the situation in co-operation with the World Health Organisation.
However, more than two dozen other matches are scheduled to be played around the continent over two match days on March 26 and 31.
“A formal proposal to postpone upcoming matches in the Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 and the Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers will now be shared with the relevant member associations,” said FIFA in a statement.
“For both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the well-being and health of all individuals involved in football matches remain the highest priority,” it added.
The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting a host of sporting events, with many leagues matches particularly in the Italian aerie A have been postponed, with more still being looked at with keen eyes.
The virus has claimed over 3,200 lives, with at least 94, cases recorded in 85 countries.
China, Italy, South Korea and Iran are the major hits, with the United States of America suffering some casualties too.