PFF releases statement on Suzuki Cup hosting

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After a notice posted on the Asean Football Federation (AFF) website saying the Philippines has withdrawn from hosting the Suzuki Cup, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has released a statement on the issue.

According to the statement signed by PFF general secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes, there is currently no venue in the Philippines that can host the AFF Suzuki Cup this November.

The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, which has a capacity of around 15,000, was scratched as the AFF requires a minimum of a 30-thousand seat capacity for primary venues for group stage matches.

The Philippine Sports Stadium, a 20 thousand-seater state-of-the-art venue, was also nominated by the PFF. However, the federation also requires a submission of a written stadium hire contract.

The PFF will bring the matter to AFF during the council meeting on March 12 in Danang, Vietnam.