ZURICH: FIFA yesterday postponed the World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates because of safety fears over the threat of war in the Middle East, world football's governing body said.
The 24-team tournament was due to start on March 25, but will now take place at a later date after FIFA's executive committee decided that the political climate threatened player safety.
Meanwhile, Brazil, one of the teams affected by the postponement, are scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur today to set up their training camp and compete in the Malaysian International Youth Tournament on March 13 and 16. The other teams competing in the tournament are South Korea, who also qualified for the World Youth Championship, and Portugal. – Agencies