FIFA postpones South American World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus

World football governing body FIFA has postponed American qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.

This was after a request from the region’s football federation amid concerns over the spread coronavirus.

FIFA said in a letter to the American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which the federation tweeted, that it would seek to reschedule the 10 matches.

They were due to take place between March 23 and March 31.

A Latin America’s football stars play for European teams in countries that have seen significant the virus.

They would have faced quarantines on their return to their home countries.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told her counterpart at CONMEBOL, Jose Astigarraga, that the health and safety of those involved in the World Cup was her primary concern.

“We will continue to work with and you and your team to be able to find possible dates in which these matches can be played, something which will require… solutions that take into account the unique and fast-changing nature of this exceptional situation,” she wrote in the letter.(Reuters/NAN)