Australia and Qatar, the 2 non-South American sides due to participate on this 12 months’s Copa America, have pulled out of the match, the secretary normal of the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) mentioned on Tuesday.
“Qatar and Australia will not come to play in the Copa America,” Gonzalo Belloso informed Argentine radio station Radio Crimson.
He mentioned the choice adopted the Asian Soccer Confederation, of which each Australia and Qatar are members, transferring ahead dates for 2022 World Cup qualifiers, making a conflict.
The Copa America, the oldest match in worldwide soccer, was held over from 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and is because of be hosted in two nations for the primary time.
The 12 sides had been to be break up into northern and southern teams, with Qatar taking part in within the northern part in opposition to Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and hosts Colombia.
Whereas Qatar are World Cup hosts, they’re collaborating within the first two rounds of qualifying as a result of they double as Asian Cup qualifiers.
Australia had been within the southern group with Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and hosts Argentina.
A CONMEBOL supply informed Reuters they may take a look at the potential of inviting two different groups to interchange Australia and Qatar however the match will go forward regardless, with 10 or 12 sides.
“Nothing will change, we will play with 10 if we have to,” the supply mentioned on situation of anonymity.
“No matter what happens, it’s the same format, same prize money, everything stays the same.”
The match is scheduled to kick off in Buenos Aires on June. 11. and finish with the ultimate in Barranquilla, Colombia on July. 10.