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Auckland City FC withdraw from Club World Cup

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Auckland City FC has withdrawn from the Club World Cup due to COVID-19 rules put in place in New Zealand.

The competition – moved from December because of the coronavirus pandemic – will take place in Qatar in February.

World football’s governing body FIFA said a solution could not be found to New Zealand’s requirements over “isolation and quarantine”.

Auckland City’s starting line up. OFC Champions League 2018, Group C, Auckland City FC vs Madang FC, The Trusts Arena, Auckland, Wednesday 28th February 2018. Photo: David Joseph / www.phototek.nz

The draw for the tournament, won by Liverpool in December 2019, will take place on 19 January.

German giants and Champions League winners Bayern Munich will be Europe’s representatives this time around.

Qatar’s Al-Duhail, Al Ahly of Egypt, South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai, Mexican side Tigres UANL and the winners of the Copa Libertadores final – which Brazilian teams Santos and Palmeiras will contest on 30 January, a match you can watch live on BBC Sport – will also take part.

FIFA has said it will implement a “comprehensive medical and security protocol” to protect everyone involved in the competition.

BBC

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