Qatar to host the Asian Champions League final

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Qatar will host the postponed final of the Asian Champions League after being something of a bubble for the knockout rounds during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Asian Football Confederation announced on Friday the decision to remain in Doha, but did not say in which stadium the final will be played on December 19.

The single final replaces a series of back-and-forth games traditionally played in November between clubs advancing from the eastern and western regional divisions.

The Iranian team Persepolis reached the final as a representative of the western division. While the east section resumes its group stage on November 18 in Qatar, which was suspended in March. That phase includes clubs from Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.

“This will be, unlike other years, a one-game final and therefore we must ensure that there is not an unfair advantage of one team or the other,” declared the general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation, Windsor John.

Before the pandemic disrupted sport activities around the world, the Club World Cup final was scheduled to take place in Doha on December 19.

AP

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