AFC Emergency Meetings conclude


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Representatives of the competing Member Associations (MA) from the AFC West Zone have provided the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) with a series of proposals to complete the 2020 AFC Champions League group-stage matches postponed as a precaution against the spread of Corona virus (COVID 19) on the continent.

Following the meeting with MAs from the East Zone in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur last week, the AFC met with West Zone representatives in Doha and Dubai this weekend.

AFC officials met with representatives of a number of West Asian federations in Doha on Friday, 6th March, 2020, in the presence of Qatar Stars League CEO Mr. Hani Taleb Ballan, Qatar Football Association General Secretary Mr. Mansour Al Ansari and QSL’s Executive Director of Competitions and Football Development Mr. Ahmed Khellil Abbassi.

All matches in the AFC Champions League Match Day 3 were postponed in the West Zone and the AFC has now asked for the co-operation of Member Associations in producing a plan by which the remaining matches can be played before the Round of 16.

The quarterfinals will be moved to September 14-16 and 28-30 and semifinals to October 20/21 and 27/28. The AFC Champions League Final dates (November 22 - East and November 28 - West) will remain unchanged.

As with the East Zone, the MAs put forward some proposals which will now be considered by the AFC and various stakeholders, including commercial partners.

The AFC will then make a further statement on any developments and any potential new schedule in due course.