Japan pull out of hosting the FIFA Club World Cup

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) am Ball gegen Diego Reyes (li, Tigres)
Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) am Ball gegen Diego Reyes (li, Tigres) - IMAGO / MIS International

Japan have pulled out as the tournament’s hosts due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Japan has reportedly pulled out of hosting the FIFA Club World Cup considering that the coronavirus restrictions could curb the attendance in stadiums.

The Asian nation was due to host the club world cup scheduled for December but has now opted against the hosting duties.

The club world cup would normally take place at the end of the year, with the champions from six global football federations competing including the league winners of the hosting nation.

A senior official from Japan Football Association said: “Unless we forge a path to where events can be staged in coexistence with the virus, soccer as well as other sports won’t be able to maintain themselves.”

Japan has suffered the most from the pandemic since last March, with the country recording around 16,000 deaths until now.

Despite the regular spike in COVID-19 cases, Japan went on to host both Olympics and Paralympics in the capital city Tokyo.

FIFA is also said to be considering delaying the Club world cup if Japan opts out as the host.

It was the case last year when FIFA postponed the tournament from December to February in Qatar, with Bayern Munich eventually lifting the title – which also marked their sextuple under manager Hansi Flick.

This year’s tournament would also feature Chelsea, who managed to win the UEFA Champions League title last season under the tutelage of German manager Thomas Tuchel.