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FIFA, AFC agree to postpone upcoming Asian qualifiers for World Cup amid COVID-19 outbreak

SINGAPORE: FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, it was announced on Monday (Mar 9), with Singapore among the teams affected.

This applies to matches originally scheduled to take place during the international windows of Mar 23 to Mar 31 and Jun 1 to Jun 9. 

This move follows consultation with Asia’s member associations, said FIFA in a media release. FIFA and the AFC will discuss further details of the postponed matches, it said.

“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,” added football’s governing body.

Singapore currently sit in third place in Group D, two points behind leaders Uzbekistan.The Lions were slated to play their next qualifier away at Palestine on Mar 26, before facing Saudi Arabia at home five days later.

CNA has approached the Football Association of Singapore for comment.

“FIFA and the AFC will continue to assess the situation in relation to COVID-19 and will decide whether further changes to the schedule of Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers are required, always with the aim of protecting the safety and health of all individuals involved,” said FIFA. 

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