Football Notes: Qatar Holds Tournament Draw Without Boycotting States
Officials from the Gulf Arab states boycotting Qatar "did not turn up" to the draw for a Middle East football tournament in Doha on Monday and want to postpone the competition that could be an "early test" for the 2022 World Cup hosts. The Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation said that requests by the UAE and Bahrain to delay December's Gulf Nations Cup "had been rejected" (REUTERS, 9/25).
The Argentine national women’s team has "gone on strike, citing structural problems and a lack of basic resources to properly train and play matches." The strike is an "embarrassment" for the newly-formed Argentine FA management team. A team statement said that it "attempted to discuss concerns regarding lack of payment, poor training conditions and poor travel arrangements" with the AFA, but was ignored (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/25).
South Korea's scheduled friendly against Tunisia has been canceled, the Korea FA said Monday, "with Morocco having emerged as the likely replacement." The KFA said that Tunisia pulled out of its commitment last Friday citing "internal reasons." The two had been set to face each other Oct. 10 in Switzerland (YONHAP, 9/25).