South American World Cup qualifiers postponed

Afp, Asuncion

8 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

South American football's governing body on Saturday postponed two rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled later this month because of Covid-19 quarantine rules affecting European-based players and the threat of clubs refusing to release their international stars.

The decision to call off the double match day, which was set to take place on March 25-26 and 30, was "due to the inability to have all the South American players in a timely manner," CONMEBOL said in a tweet.

The confederation said it would study the options available in order to reprogramme the matches postponed.

Brazil had been due to play Argentina in Recife on March 30, in a meeting of the top two countries in South American qualifying for next year's World Cup in Qatar.

Some European nations have moved fixtures in order to try to avoid travel restrictions. Portugal have announced they will play their "home" World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Turin, while Norway will face Turkey in Malaga.