South America’s World Cup qualifiers delayed over travel constraints

Jessica Wong

South American soccer’s governing body on Saturday postponed two rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled later this month because of COVID-19 quarantine rules affecting European-based players and the threat of clubs refusing to release their international stars.

The decision to call off the double matchday, which was set to take place on March 25-26 and 30, was “due to the inability to have all the South American players in a timely manner,” CONMEBOL said in a tweet.

The confederation said it would study the options available in order to reprogram the postponed matches.

FIFA has given clubs

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Is Real-World Space Travel Just Too Daunting for ET?

Jessica Wong

Last week we looked at another reason that has been advanced, as to why we do not see extraterrestrials except at the movies. Science writer Matt Williams has been looking at the reasons (see the links below.) Last Saturday, we looked at the possibility that Earth is unusual in that it is a rocky planet whose intelligent inhabitants live on the surface. Many rocky planets and moons with icy surfaces may have interior oceans that harbor life.: In that case, intelligent life may not think of space exploration.

Another hypothesis that Williams has examined is the Percolation Theory Hypothesis, that

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International break in doubt as Conmebol suspends World Cup qualifiers amid travel concerns

Jessica Wong

The international break is now in serious doubt after the South American football federation (Conmebol) confirmed that this month’s scheduled World Cup qualifiers have been suspended.

Two rounds of qualifiers in South America will not go ahead after clubs across Europe refused to release players, who would be required to quarantine and would therefore be absent for an extended period.

Several fixtures, including Argentina’s games against Brazil and Uruguay, must now be rearranged.

“The Conmebol board has resolved to suspend the double round of qualifying fixtures for Qatar 2022 scheduled for March,” the South American governing body said in a

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South American World Cup qualifiers postponed over travel constraints

Jessica Wong

Asuncion (AFP) – South American football’s governing body on Saturday postponed the two rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for the end of the month because of travel restrictions affecting European-based players.

The decision to call off the double matchday, which was set to take place on March 25-26 and 30, was “due to the inability to have all the South American players in a timely manner,” CONMEBOL said in a tweet.

The confederation said it would study the options available in order to reprogramme the matches postponed.

FIFA has given clubs dispensation to prevent players who may be

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South America World Cup qualifiers postponed due to COVID travel issues

Jessica Wong

CONMEBOL have confirmed that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers have been postponed for March.

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The decision comes after star players from across South America were set to miss out on playing for their national teams, as their club managers in Europe were not going to release them for international duty.

Jurgen Klopp, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Thomas Tuchel and many other managers at top European clubs have already said that the likes of Roberto Firmino, Edinson Cavani and other stars would not be able to travel.

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