The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has decided to suspend this month’s double header of World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022 amid concern over the COVID-19 pandemic and strict quarantine restrictions.

The 10 South American teams were due to play two games on March 25/26 and March 30 but CONMEBOL acknowledged tightening lockdown and quarantine regulations mean many of the European-based players will be unable to travel. Among the matches affected are Brazil’s games against Argentina and Colombia, and the River Plate derby between Argentina and Uruguay.

“The decision is due to the impossibility…of counting on all the South American players,” the Paraguay-based confederation said in a statement. “FIFA will analyse the rescheduling of the round in coordination with CONMEBOL and the members associations.”

Each team has played four of their 18 qualifiers.


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