Australia, Qatar Pull Out Of 2021 Copa America
Buenos Aires, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Feb, 2021 ) :Australia and Qatar have pulled out of the 2021 Copa America starting in June, South American football's governing body CONMEBOL said on Tuesday.
CONMEBOL's deputy general secretary Gonzalo Belloso said that the two members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) would not be able to participate due to a clash with World Cup qualifying dates.
"The Asian confederation has programmed World Cup qualification on the same dates as the Copa." Although Qatar are hosting the 2022 World Cup, they're taking part in the preliminary campaign because it is doubling up as qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
The loss of the two invitational teams to South America's showcase tournament for national squads will not affect the Copa America programme, Belloso said.
"The days of the invitees' games, the teams" that would have played them "will be free. The Copa will have all its splendour," he said.