Covid and security issues force venue changes for upcoming Asian Qualifiers for 2022

August 25 – The Asian qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup are seeing more covid-forced venue changes with Qatar confirmed as the neutral venue for three qualifiers in the first international window in September.

China had already switched their Group B match-up against Japan to Qatar for covid travel reasons. Before that match they will face Australia in Qatar on September 2.

Meanwhile, for security rather than covid reasons, the AFC has confirmed the Khalifa Stadium in Doha will be the venue for the Group B tie between Iraq and Islamic Republic of Iran scheduled for September 7.
Syria also has security issue around hosting and Amman, Jordan, has been selected as the venue for Syria’s home encounter against the United Arab Emirates.

The AFC said that it did not expect any further venue changes in the September 2-7 window.

Seperately the AFC has agreed that the Korea Football Association can reverse the order of the Group A tie with Lebanon. The first match between the two sides, scheduled to take place on September 7, will now be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, before Lebanon hosts the Taeguk Warriors on January 27, 2022.

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