The Secretary-General of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced today, Tuesday, the withdrawal of Australia and Qatar from this year’s Copa America.
It was scheduled that the Qatari and Australian teams would join ten South American teams in the tournament hosted by Argentina and Colombia in June and July.
“Qatar and Australia will not participate in the Copa America,” Gonzalo Bioso said in radio statements.
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Belloso, Deputy Secretary General of Conmebol, assured the completion of the tournament, which could have 30% capacity, and dismissed the participation of Qatar and Australia.https://t.co/0LsDyh6vfa
— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) February 23, 2021
The Qatar Football Association apologized after the withdrawal decision, which it said was made after the AFC decision to “postpone the remaining matches from the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to next June” due to the continuing impact of the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic. These new dates will clash with the Copa America.
The Qatar Football Association decided to apologize for participating in the 2021 Copa America, which will be held at the beginning of next June, and whose competitions are Colombia and Argentina.https://t.co/AJaSR37Rrdpic.twitter.com/agR0aF3USl
– Qatar Football Association (@QFA) February 23, 2021
Australia, like Qatar, is a member of the AFC and will also be affected by this postponement.
This year’s Copa America is scheduled to be held in two countries for the first time in its history, with the northern group taking place in Colombia and the southern group in Argentina.
In addition to the ten countries on the continent, Australia and Qatar would also participate in the tournament.
The northern group included Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, while the southern group included Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Australia.
The tournament will start in Buenos Aires on June 11, while the final will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, on July 10.