World football governing body, FIFA, has announced the postponement of the South American 2022 World Cup qualifiers following the massive outbreak and widespread of the coronavirus.
The announcement was made on Thursday, as the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) told football's governing body that the World Cup qualifying matches scheduled for March 26 to 31 will need to be suspended indefinitely until the deadly Coronavirus is curbed.
FIFA secretary general, Fatma Samoura said in a letter to the CONMEBOL president, Jose Astigarraga:
"We will continue to work with and consult you and your team to be able to find possible dates in which these matches can be played,
"It will require ... solutions that take into account the unique and fast-changing nature of this exceptional situation."
Some of the matches affected by the postponement includes the Five-time World Cup winners, Brazil, who were due to host Bolivia and travel to Peru in their opening qualifiers, as well as two-time world champions Argentina who were also scheduled to host Ecuador and visit Bolivia.
FIFA also made a huge statement by suspending the 18 fixtures scheduled next week for South America's elite club competition, Copa Libertadores, in adherence to bans placed by several countries in respect to large public gatherings.
Asian World Cup qualifiers also scheduled for March were postponed this week as well because of the coronavirus outbreak.