Members of staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry footballs before the match. Reuters
Seven Group A fixtures involving China, Syria, Maldives, the Philippines and Guam are affected, playing further havoc with the already heavily disrupted Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
"In view of the recent epidemic infections in the Maldives and Syrian national football teams... they must be strictly quarantined upon entry and cannot participate in the games as scheduled," a CFA statement said.
China's Tyias Browning and teammates celebrate win after the match on Sunday. Reuters
"According to recommendations from the AFC (Asian Football Confederation), the Chinese FA agreed that the remaining qualifying matches... will not be held in Suzhou and will be transferred to Dubai and held there," it added.
The games were supposed to take place over the next fortnight in a secure "bubble" in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
According to China's Titan Sports, the Maldives and Syria are already in Dubai and were denied permission to depart for China.
Maldives striker Ali Ashfaq tweeted that he had tested positive and won't be playing in the qualifiers.
China, who smashed Guam 7-0 on Sunday, were scheduled to face the Maldives on Thursday, while Syria and the Maldives were set to play on June 7.
China are second in the group behind Syria, and are fighting to keep their World Cup hopes alive. The games double as qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
"The Chinese Football Association will make every effort to prepare for the matches," the CFA said.
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