South America’s World Cup qualifiers called off


The South American Football Confederation have officially called off the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for March.

This comes after top European clubs announced they will not release their South American players in March to compete in the qualifiers due to Covid-19 transmission fears over travel.

All 10 South American countries feature on the UK government’s “red list” travel ban, which does not include exemptions for athletes and sports people.

Any UK-based players who played in the games would face 10 days in hotel quarantine on return.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CONMEBOL met on Saturday via video to find a solution to the impasse.

A decision was then made to cancel all the scheduled fixtures.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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