07 Dec 2019, 18:10 IST

Khalifa International Stadium - cropped
Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha

Liverpool’s two Membership World Cup matches have been moved from Al Rayyan to Doha after FIFA was compelled to change the venue for the ultimate.

The brand new Training Metropolis Stadium was scheduled to host the European champions in a semi-final on December 18, along with the ultimate and third-place play-off on December 21.

However the official opening of the 40,000-seat venue has been delayed till 2020 after FIFA failed to finish the related take a look at occasions on time.

The matches have been moved to the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, which is able to now host 5 video games in complete.

“Development at Training Metropolis Stadium is full and the venue is now operational,” learn a FIFA assertion.

“Nevertheless, the required certification course of took longer than anticipated and subsequently the stadium was unable to host the required take a look at occasions previous to the semi-final and remaining of the FIFA Membership World Cup at full capability.

“The precedence is to make sure an satisfying expertise for all followers so it was determined to open the stadium at a later date.”

Liverpool mentioned membership officers would go to Qatar within the coming days to examine Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, “as per our protocols”.

The match is because of start on December 11, when Xavi’s Al Sadd tackle OFC Champions League winners Hienghene Sport at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

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