The unions of Qatar and Australia announced on Tuesday (23) that their respective teams would not compete in this year’s Copa America, which will be held in Colombia and Argentina between 11 June and 10 July. In official notes, the entities upheld the decision by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to postpone the joint elimination games due to the new elimination (Kovid) epidemic-19 of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup.
The Qatar Football Association has decided to apologize for participating in the 2021 Copa America, which will be held in early June, and whose competitions are Colombia and Argentina.https://t.co/AJaSR37Rrd pic.twitter.com/agR0aF3USl
– Qatar Football Association (@QFA) 23 February, 2021
A AFC Sent Last Friday (19) he moved the rounds for the qualifiers, valid for 25 and 30 March, for the period from 31 to 15 June, including the start of Copa America. According to a note from the Asian Confederation, the Games were postponed due to travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine in some countries due to an epidemic.
“On behalf of the Australian football community, I thank Conmbol [Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol] Invitation and for continuous dialogue in the final year. Participating in such prestigious competition and experiencing the South American football culture will be incredible for our players, coaching staff and fans, ”said James Johnson, the acting head of the Australian Federation in a note posted on the unit’s official website.
“It will be a thrill for Australian players, staff and fans to participate in such prestigious competition and to experience the unique South American football culture” – @FootballAUS CEO James Johnson. https://t.co/gfgmuH5dTV
– Football Australia (@FootballAUS) 23 February, 2021
It will be the first Australian partnership in Copa America’s history. Qatar was present in Brazil in the 2019 edition, where it came with Paraguay (2 to 2) in Maracana and overtook Morumbi and Argentina (2 to 0) Arena do Grammio, followed by Colombia (1 to 0), Stage in the first place.
This year’s edition of the competition will bring together 12 teams, with ten affiliated with Konambol and inviting the two countries. Qatar was in Group B, based in Colombia, similar to Brazil, and in the third round the Tyrens’ team would face Barrenzilla. Australia were in Group A, to be played in Argentina. The South American Union has not yet commented on the withdrawal of the AFC countries.