The 2022 football World Cup is going to be held in Qatar and the qualifiers have been scheduled to begin from September this year. FIFA and UEFA have issued a statement on Wednesday that says that fans of the away team won’t be permitted to pass into the stadium for September’s qualifier matches. This decision was taken by officials because of the COVID-19 rising cases in Europe. They don’t want the countries to go into lockdown again. Home fans will be allowed to view the qualifiers in September, only if they are fully vaccinated.
European World Cup qualifiers will get underway early next month. FIFA and UEFA have issued this statement only for September.
The FA said in a statement to fans: “After extensive discussions with the relevant stakeholders we have received clarity from FIFA and UEFA regarding visiting supporters for our upcoming away fixtures against Hungary and Poland.
“Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that no visiting supporters will be allowed to attend either of these matches. As a result, the FA will not receive an allocation of tickets to sell to members,” FA stated.
The FA also said in their statement that the rule of not allowing away fans in the stadium is likely to be extended for some more months as they want to conduct these World Cup qualifiers with full safety. In these uncertain times, the officials’ main priority is to ensure the safety of the fans as well as the players.