Covid-19: UAE to repatriate Iranian visitors

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 29 February 2020: The UAE is coordinating with Iran to operate flights for the evacuation of Iranian visitors to the UAE and fly them back to Iran.

The move follows the suspension of flights between the two countries for a week, subject to renewal, as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Authorities concerned affirmed that the UAE is cooperating with competent Iranian authorities to facilitate the operation as per operating systems and procedures and to ensure the safety of visitors and those responsible for the evacuation operations, said Wam.

UAE to host AFC emergency meet on Covid-19 impact

The United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA), will host an emergency meeting of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), on 7th March.

Representatives of Member Associations and its Leagues West regions will convene in the UAE as the AFC continues to manage the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement on Thursday, the AFC said it will call further emergency meetings with the representatives of MAs and its Leagues from both the East and West regions next week to discuss the ongoing effect of the coronavirus epidemic on football in Asia.

Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said, “These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including the various travel restrictions while being in constant contact with our Member Associations, Leagues and Clubs.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from all our stakeholders, including our Commercial and Broadcast partners and agencies, as we try to protect the safety and well-being of all our players, officials and spectators while also ensuring the integrity of the competitions.”

The AFC has also been working with Fifa to assess the potential impact on the upcoming Fifa World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches scheduled to take place in March.

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, several AFC Champions League matches will be postponed to later dates including the first leg between Korea and China which is now scheduled for 9th April, 2020, with the return leg on 14th April, 2020.

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