Coronavius: Asian Football Confederation cancels this year’s AFC Cup club competition

Lebanon’s goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil (left), reacts after Saudi midfielder Hussain al-Mogahwi, (center), score his goal during the AFC Asian Cup group E match on January 12, 2019. (AP)

This year’s edition of Asia’s second-tier AFC Cup club competition has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the continent’s governing body for soccer said in a statement on Thursday.

The competition, in which teams from more minor nations in Asia participate, had been suspended since March due to the novel coronavirus crisis and was originally scheduled to resume this month in centralized venues.

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“In view of the logistics in coordinating the five zones of the AFC Cup and completing the Inter Zone matches, the AFC Executive Committee also agreed that the pandemic created complexities which constituted a Force Majeure event and, with sadness, led to the cancellation of the 2020 competition,” the Asian Football Confederation said.

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Last Update: Thursday, 10 September 2020 KSA 13:51 - GMT 10:51