The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) decided to postpone the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup due to the new Corona virus, “Covid 19”
The two March rounds of South American World Cup 2022 qualifiers were suspended, and the decision was made on Saturday at a meeting between CONMEBOL officials and FIFA president, Gianni Infantino.It remains to be decided when these matches will be held, and everything indicates so far that the matches will take place in September and October.
The reason for the suspension is due to the Corona virus pandemic and its consequences, as European clubs refused to travel for their players, due to quarantine rules for each team after the return of its players from outside countries.
England, for example, requires players to undergo a 10-day quarantine after returning from South America, making it impossible for them to participate in crucial matches for their clubs.
For this reason, FIFA granted the right to the clubs to refuse the presence of their players with their national teams, as Real Madrid was considered one of the clubs most afraid of holding matches due to the possibility of losing 5 of its players in the El Clasico match against Barcelona.
The South American qualifiers are played with two home matches, the top four qualify directly for the World Cup, and the fifth one gets a place in the qualifiers, against a representative from another continent.