Asian Champions League: Australia withdraws teams

The AFC did not give a reason for the withdrawals, but Australia's top-flight A-League announced earlier on Friday it had rejigged its schedule because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the southern state of Victoria.

Australia has withdrawn Sydney FC, Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar from the 2021 Asian Champions League.   -  Getty Images

Australia has withdrawn Sydney FC, Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar from the 2021 Asian Champions League, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.

"The matter will now be referred to the relevant AFC committees, with a decision to be communicated in due course," the AFC said in a statement.

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The AFC did not give a reason for the withdrawals, but Australia's top-flight A-League announced earlier on Friday it had rejigged its schedule because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the southern state of Victoria.

The A-League's playoffs clash with the AFC's schedule.

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Brisbane Roar was due to play a preliminary round ACL match against Kaya FC on June 20, with Melbourne City to play Cezero Osaka the following day.

Sydney FC was to play South Korea's Jeonbuk on June 25.

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