15 Jan Auckland FC withdraw from Membership World Cup over quarantine protocols
Auckland Metropolis FC have withdrawn from the 2020 Membership World Cup because of quarantine measures required by New Zealand authorities, FIFA confirmed in an announcement on Friday.
The competitors will now be contested by Al-Duhail SC, Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores last which is scheduled for Jan. 30.
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“Regardless of FIFA’s common exchanges with the membership, New Zealand Football and the OFC in latest days, the necessities of the New Zealand authorities in relation to isolation and quarantine transcend FIFA’s remit and, due to this fact, it was not potential to succeed in an answer,” the assertion mentioned.
“FIFA along with the Qatari authorities, will implement a complete medical and safety protocol offering the safeguards required to guard the well being and security of everybody concerned within the competitors.”
The event, which brings collectively six continental champions from the world over, was initially deliberate for December however was postponed till February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The draw for the video games will happen on Jan. 19.