Sao Paulo, March 12: CONMEBOL has asked FIFA to postpone the start of its 2022 World Cup qualifying, scheduled for this month, due to coronavirus fears.
In a letter sent to FIFA on Wednesday (March 11), CONMEBOL asked for its opening qualifiers, scheduled for March 26, 27 and 31, to be postponed.
COVID-19 has killed more than 4,600 people worldwide while affecting more than 126,000.
CONMEBOL cited the possibility of players not being able to travel from Europe due to coronavirus as a reason for its request.
"The member countries of CONMEBOL – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela have requested the CONMEBOL to submit to FIFA's consideration the request to postpone the start of the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup," the statement read in part.
Comunicado OficialMarch 12, 2020
Lionel Messi's Argentina are due to begin their qualifying campaign against Ecuador in Buenos Aires, while Brazil are scheduled to face Bolivia in Recife.
The other matchday one games are Paraguay-Peru, Uruguay-Chile and Colombia-Venezuela.