Conmebol is about to postpone the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America due to the spread of the coronavirus. The first matches were scheduled to take place at the end of the month. The decision could be formalized this Thursday.
It’s not just European football that is impacted by the coronavirus. South America is also organizing to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. According to local press, Conmebol is about to postpone the start of the qualifiers for the 2022 world cup, which will take place in Qatar.
Some federations, such as that of Peru, have already been informed that the qualification campaign will not start as planned at the end of the month. An extraordinary meeting is to be held this Thursday at the headquarters of the confederation to act on this postponement.
Many internationals in Italy and Spain
In addition to the spread of the virus, Conmebol took this decision because of the problematic situation of several European countries (such as Italy or Spain), in which many South American internationals work. Chile has already decided to quarantine those arriving from the most affected areas. Other nations could quickly adopt the same measures.