Singapore's Baihakki Bin Khaizan (R) vies with Qatar's Sebastian Soria (L) during their international friendly football match on August 28, 2015 at the Al-Sadd stadium in Doha.AFP PHOTO / AL-WATAN DOHA / KARIM JAAFAR
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Qatar's national football team will be permitted to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2022 World Cup despite being given an automatic berth in the finals as tournament hosts, the Asian Football Confederation has said.The AFC said the decision was made at a meeting of its competition committee Tuesday and that, pending FIFA approval, Qatar would also be allowed to play in the final phase of 2022 qualifying should they advance.The AFC has also said it would continue to work with federations in the Gulf region to ensure broadcasts of Asian qualifying matches for next year's World Cup in Russia, as well as Asian Champions League broadcasts, would not be interrupted by ongoing diplomatic issues.
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