Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.nzAuckland’s Albert Riera received’t get an opportunity to strut his stuff in Doha subsequent month.Auckland Metropolis has withdrawn from the profitable Fifa Membership World Cup in Qatar. Fifa confirmed the reigning New Zealand champions’ determination in an announcement, citing the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine measures required by New Zealand authorities. “Regardless of Fifa’s common exchanges with the membership, New Zealand Soccer and the OFC in current days, the necessities of the New Zealand authorities in relation to isolation and quarantine transcend Fifa’s remit and, due to this fact, it was not potential to succeed in an answer,” the assertion mentioned. Auckland Metropolis was nominated by the Oceania Soccer Confederation to attend the event, which is slated to kickoff on February 1, after the qualification event was final yr scrapped as a consequence of Covid-19. READ MORE:* British man in Qatar soccer shirt declare charged in UAE for ‘false statements’* Fifa freezes funding to OFC after audit revealed ‘potential irregularities’ in soccer centre venture* World Cup bribery case opened towards PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi* Qatar considers particular courts for drunken World Cup offenders The Kiwi membership has attended the Membership World Cup, which is value about $1 million for competing alone, on 9 earlier events, and defied the percentages to win a bronze medal in 2014. Auckland Metropolis was set to play Qatari champions Al-Duhail within the event opener in Doha. Nevertheless, Al-Duhail will now start the competitors within the second spherical. Francois Nel/Getty ImagesAlbert Riera of Auckland Metropolis FC is challenged by Mbark Boussoufa of Al-Jazira throughout the FIFA Membership World Cup UAE 2017 play off match. Along with Al-Duhail SC, the event will likely be contested by Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores last, scheduled for January 30. The draw to finalise the pairings will happen in Zurich on 19 January.WELLINGTON PHOENIXThe Wellington Phoenix will look to win over Wollongong followers forward of the brand new A-League season, Ufuk Talay says. “Fifa, along with the Qatari authorities, will implement a complete medical and safety protocol offering the safeguards required to guard the well being and security of everybody concerned within the competitors,” the assertion mentioned.