CONMEBOL Announces the Postponment of Their World Cup Qualifying Fixtures for March

Later this month, CONMEBOL’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures were going to resume; however, it appears as the European clubs have won their stance in sending their players to South America. 

For those who need a quick refresher, countries in Europe have designated South America in code red as places such as Brazil are enduring a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. 

Furthermore, players returning from international duty have to comply with a ten-day quarantine period. If a team is in a tight league race such as Paris Saint-Germain, they can ill afford to lose players even for one fixture as every point is valuable. 

As a result, South America’s governing body, CONMEBOL, announced that they’d reschedule the March fixtures. For the capital club, it means that Marquinhos, Neymar Jr., Leandro Paredes, and Ángel Di María will remain in the French capital. 

“The CONMEBOL Council decided to suspend the double date of the qualifiers for Qatar 2022 scheduled for March. The decision is due to the impossibility of having all the South American players in a timely manner,” the statement said.
“FIFA will analyze the rescheduling of the date, in coordination with CONMEBOL and the member associations. Soon, the different options for holding the matches will be studied.”
Despite these players wanting to represent their country in these critical fixtures, it will benefit PSG to keep them in France. Especially Neymar, who’s coming off an injury.
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