AFC Champions League Final to be played in Doha, Qatar

The Asian Football Confederation has announced that the AFC Champions League Final will be played in Doha, Qatar on December 19.

Iran Press Asia: Qatar recently held the group and knock-out stages of the AFC Champions League 2020 (West) and will also host the rest of the AFC Champions League 2020 (East) matches next month. 

The AFC said that Doha was chosen as the Qatar Football Association (QFA) met the hosting capability and capacity requirements, including medical infrastructure to host the match.

AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, said that the QFA’s ability to successfully hold the West region matches was a testament to the capability of the association.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly made the decision on the venue for this year’s Final more complex particularly in these uncertain times of travel and health restrictions," Dato’ Windsor John, said in a statement on the AFC’s website.

"In addition to the numerous restrictions, the AFC also wanted to protect the important principle of sporting fair play. This will be, unlike previous years, a one-off final and we, therefore, needed to ensure that there was no unfair advantage to one team or the other," the statement added.

“The safety and wellbeing of all participating clubs as well as the protection of all stakeholders have been crucial to the AFC so we must thank the Qatar Football Association and the Qatar Local Authorities and Ministries for putting in place the necessary health measures and effective medical protocols," it said.

In deciding the venue for the final the AFC also considered technical arrangements for Video Assistant Referee, along with medical requirements and commercial obligations.

Iran's Persepolis football team beats Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in the semi-final of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Saturday, 03 October 2020, advancing to the 2020 ACL final. 


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