The Club World Cup will be staged with stringent procedures to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Qatari organisers said Saturday less than 2 weeks prior to the competition which will be closed to abroad fans.

It is because of get underway on February 4 with viewer numbers capped at 30 percent of capability at each of the two 40,000-seat grounds which will host games.

Social distancing, mask using and use of Qatar’s contract tracing app and sanitiser will be necessary, he included, during a media briefing in Doha.

Global fans will be not able to go to since of Qatar’s infection mitigation measures, and there will be no public occasions including fan zones.

Qatar’s coronavirus cases are gradually ticking up, with 59.5 brand-new cases per 100,000 people in the previous week, up 15 percent on the week in the past.

The death rate is extremely low and cases stay fewer than many other nations in the area.

“This small boost suggests we will not raise the capability beyond 30 percent,” stated Musleh who added the new variants of coronavirus are most likely currently in Qatar.

On January 15 Auckland City withdrew from February’s competition, due to the fact that of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated quarantine procedures required by the New Zealand authorities.

FIFA stated it would deal with the Qatari authorities to provide “the safeguards required to secure the health and wellness of everybody associated with the competitors”.

The February 4-11 Club World Cup 2020 will now be contested by Qatari club Al Duhail, Al Ahly of Egypt, Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores final scheduled for January 30.

The very first round match will no longer happen and Al Duhail will begin the competitors in the second round. The competition format remains otherwise the same.

Matches will be held at Qatar’s just recently inaugurated Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City arenas, crucial test fixtures ahead of the 2022 World Cup.