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There Will Be No Away Fans For The World Cup 2022 Qualifiers In September As Uefa And Fifa Point To An Increase In Covid Cases

Due to “recent Covid surges across Europe,” FIFA and UEFA have decided that no away fans will be allowed to attend next month’s World Cup Qualifiers.
The governing organizations are expected to revisit the judgment before the international fixtures in October and November.
“FIFA and UEFA have been closely watching the evolution of the pandemic in Europe ahead of the UEFA preliminary tournament matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 taking place in the forthcoming September international window,” they stated in a letter to national organizations.
“Due to recent COVID-19 surges throughout Europe, as well as the huge number of matches to be played during the September international window, it has been agreed to use the same strategy to all matches of the UEFA preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup 2022 as decided by the UEFA executive committee on 14 June 2021.”
“Friendly matches taking place in September will also be played without away supporters, with UEFA and FIFA stating that “the safety of all those involved as its greatest priority in these unpredictable times,” meaning no away fans will be present in England’s World Cup match at Wembley.”
Scotland’s away matches in Denmark and Austria will be canceled, while Wales’ matches in Finland and Belarus will be canceled as well.
Northern Ireland will travel to Lithuania and Estonia next month, while the Republic of Ireland will travel to Portugal – all without the support of away fans.
On Sky Sports, you can watch World Cup qualifications live.
When and where will the World Cup be held in 2022?
Due to the heat, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar during the winter months rather than the summer.
The tournament begins on Monday, November 21 at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor with a match between the host country and a team from the Middle East.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar for the first time. The final will be held a week before Christmas on Sunday, December 18 at the Lusail Stadium in Doha.
The event will feature 32 teams divided into eight four-team groups.
During the group stage, four matches will be played each day over the course of 12 days, with the winners and runners-up advancing to the round of 16.
Matches will only be assigned to specific venues following the finals draw, allowing organizers to select the best kick-off timings for television audiences in other nations as well as Qatari fans.
The finals draw will take place in April 2022, following the end of the international fixture window in March.
On December 17, unlike at Euro 2020, a third-place play-off game will be held.
November 21-December 2 Group stage: December 3-6 Round of 16: December 3-6 Quarter-finals: December 9-10 Semi-finals: December 13-14 Final: December 18

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