The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is to call further emergency meetings with the representatives of MAs and its Leagues from both the East and West regions next week as the AFC continues to manage the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The meeting of the East Zone representatives will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday, March 2 and the West Zone meeting will follow on March 7 and 8.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said, “These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including the various travel restrictions, while being in constant contact with our Member Associations, Leagues and Clubs.”
“We are grateful for the support we have received from all our stakeholders, including our Commercial and Broadcast partners and agencies, as we try to protect the safety and well-being of all our players, officials and spectators while also ensuring the integrity of the competitions.”
The AFC has also been working with FIFA to assess the potential impact on the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup – Asian Qualifiers matches scheduled to take place in March.
As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the following matches will be postponed to later dates:
AFC Champions League:
Match Day 3
March 2, 2020 (West):
Group A: Al Wahda FSCC (UAE) v Esteghlal FC (IRN);
Group C: Persepolis FC (IRN) v Al Taawoun FC (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (West):
Group B: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE) v Shahr Khodro FC (IRN);
Group D: Sepahan FC (IRN) v Al Nassr (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (East):
Group E: FC Seoul (KOR) v Chiangrai United (THA)
Match Day 4
April 6, 2020 (West):
Group D: Al Nassr (KSA) v Sepahan FC (IRN)
The AFC is also working on alternative dates in April 2020 for the two-legged Women’s Olympic Qualifying Final Round play-off between South Korea and China, which was originally scheduled to take place on March 6 and 11.