BUENOS AIRES: Australia and Qatar have pulled out of the 2021 Copa America beginning in June, South American soccer’s governing physique CONMEBOL mentioned on Tuesday (Feb 23).
CONMEBOL’s deputy normal secretary Gonzalo Belloso mentioned that the 2 members of the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) wouldn’t be capable of take part because of a conflict with World Cup qualifying dates.
“The Copa America is completely going forward. However Qatar and Australia, who had requested to participate, will be unable to come back,” Belloso informed Argentine radio La Purple.
“The Asian confederation has programmed World Cup qualification on the identical dates because the Copa.”
Though Qatar are internet hosting the 2022 World Cup, they’re participating within the preliminary marketing campaign as a result of it’s doubling up as qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
The AFC has scheduled qualification matches for Jun 11 and 15.
The Copa, which was postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic, begins on Jun 11 and might be performed in Argentina and Colombia.
The lack of the 2 invitational groups to South America’s showcase match for nationwide squads is not going to have an effect on the Copa America programme, Belloso mentioned.
“The times of the invitees’ video games, the groups (that may have performed them) might be free. The Copa may have all its splendour,” he mentioned.
It will likely be the primary time the Copa is performed in two international locations. The Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires will host the opening match between Argentina and Chile.
The ultimate might be performed on the Metro stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Jul 10.
Qatar, who have been additionally invited to the 2019 Copa America, have been because of play in Group B alongside champions Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.
Australia, who would have participated for the primary time, have been pitched with Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay.