The Australia National Soccer Team, known in the international world of football as the Socceroos, backed out of the friendly Wembley scheduled on November 12. The obvious reason of course is the worsening condition of COVID-19 in the UK, as the country is currently faced with a second wave of the virus outbreak.
Actually, the Socceroos agreed to replace New Zealand’s national soccer team, because the latter decided to backout last September. The friendly Wembley is part of the preparations for the delayed European Championship set to kick off next summer. However, as the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom went from an already bad state to worst, the Socceroos decided to back out as well.
While the Socceroos’s decision was made prior to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s move to raise the capital’s alert level from medium to high, many contend that it was for a different reason. Some are saying that it’s the Football Federation of Australia’s (FFA’s) way of retaliating against England for siding with Colombia in snatching the Aussie’s bid for the FIFA tournament. According to reports, the friendly Wembley offer was England’s way of making up for it. .
Still, despite such contentions the Socceroos decision to change their mind about participating in the friendly Wembley, swas proven right as London Mayor Khan had thereafter placed the city under stricter lockdown measures at high alert status.
London High alert Lockdown Prompts EPL to Reschedule Remaining October Fixtures
As a matter of fact, after the London Mayor’s announcement of the Tier 3 lockdown, the Premier League also announced on October 23 that the remaining fixtures for the month of October, as well as for the first and second days of November, will be rescheduled.
October 24 (Saturday) West Ham v Man City; Man Utd v Chelsea
October 25 (Sunday) Southampton v Everton; Wolves v Newcastle
October 26 (Monday) Burnley v Spurs;
October 31 (Saturday) Sheffield Utd v Man City; Liverpool v West Ham
Nov. 01 (Sunday) Newcastle v Everton; Man Utd v Arsenal
Nov. 02 (Monday) Leeds v Leicester