Socceroos out of Copa America: official

Socceroos out of Copa America: official

2021-02-24 00:30:07

The Socceroos have pulled out of this 12 months’s Copa America event, the final secretary of the South American Soccer Confederation has introduced.

Qatar, the one different non-South American aspect within the event, has additionally determined to overlook the occasion as a result of it clashes with 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, Gonzalo Belloso says.

Australia was set to make its maiden look on the event, which shall be hosted by Argentina and Colombia in June and July.

“Qatar and Australia is not going to come to play within the Copa America,” Belloso advised Argentine radio station Radio Crimson.

He mentioned the choice got here after the Asian Soccer Confederation, of which each Australia and Qatar are members, moved ahead dates for 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Copa America, the oldest event in worldwide soccer, was postponed 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and is because of be hosted in two nations for the primary time.

The 12 sides have been to be break up into northern and southern teams, with Australia within the southern group with Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and hosts Argentina.

Qatar have been set to play within the northern part in opposition to Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and hosts Colombia.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold in January mentioned Australia was nonetheless making ready to play the event, however conceded the state of affairs was altering daily and authorities assist was wanted.

Socceroo Jackson Irvine final 12 months mentioned the workforce had been wanting ahead to the possibility to tackle South America’s finest footballers in their very own yard.

A CONMEBOL supply mentioned the governing physique would take a look at the potential of inviting two different groups to interchange Australia and Qatar however the event will go forward regardless, with 10 or 12 sides.

“Nothing will change, we are going to play with 10 if we have now to,” the supply advised Reuters on situation of anonymity.

“It doesn’t matter what occurs, it is the identical format, identical prize cash, every thing stays the identical.”

The event is scheduled to kick off in Buenos Aires on June 11 and finish with the ultimate in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10.

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