Liverpool’s games in the FIFA Club World Cup have had their venue changed just weeks before the tournament begins.
The Reds are due to fly out to Qatar later this month to play in the competition, where the semi-final involving them was due to be played at Education City.
FIFA’s Club World Cup was set to be used as a grand opening for the venue, which has been built for the World Cup in 2022.
But the opening of the stadium has now been delayed until the start of 2020 and therefore Liverpool’s match, along with the final which was also scheduled to be played there, have now been moved to the Khalifa Stadium.
Organisers stress that the Education City stadium is ready. The delay to the opening of the venue is simply down to the fact they have been unable to schedule the test events required when new stadiums are opened.
The development of stadiums for the World Cup in 2022 remains ahead of schedule.
The change of venue will not impact Liverpool’s plans and shouldn’t have a great effect on supporters travelling, with the stadiums just a 15 minute drive apart.
Both stadiums are situated to the west of Doha.
A FIFA statement said: “Khalifa International Stadium, the home of Qatar’s national team, will host three additional matches during the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 after the official opening of Education City Stadium was postponed until early 2020.
“Construction at Education City Stadium is complete and the venue is now operational.
“However, the necessary certification process took longer than expected and therefore the stadium was unable to host the required test events prior to the semi-final and final of the FIFA Club World Cup at full capacity.
“The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was decided to open the stadium at a later date.”
Tickets – which are not sold out – are valid for the fixtures Khalifa Stadium and information will be sent out to fans in due course.
The FIFA statement continued: “Fans who successfully applied for tickets to match six and the double-header of matches seven and eight will not be impacted – all their tickets will be automatically issued to Khalifa International Stadium, and their seats will be allocated within the same price category.
“The date and time of those matches will remain as previously indicated in the match schedule.
“In due course, all successful ticket applicants will receive a dedicated email with further information, including details of how and when to download the tickets from their account on FIFA.com/tickets.
“The use of tickets remains subject to the General Terms and Conditions, the Stadium Regulations and the applicable Ticket Sales Regulations.”