Some World Cup qualifiers were scheduled to take place in China. But those matches have been shifted to Dubai due to coronavirus. The decision was made on Monday in the wake of the Corona outbreak in Syria and the Maldives, according to the Chinese Football Association (CFA).
China, Syria, Maldives, Philippines and Guam have all been disrupted by seven matches in Group A. Due to this virus, the qualifying round of Qatar 2022 World Cup has been severely hampered.
In a statement, the CFA said the Corona-affected Syrian and Maldivian football teams must be under strict quarantine and will not be able to play matches on the scheduled schedule.
The matches were scheduled to take place a day later in the Chinese city of Suzhou in the ‘bio-safety zone’. According to Chinese media Titan, footballers from the Maldives and Syria have already arrived in Dubai and have not been allowed to travel to China from there.