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Group C play in Gold Cup qualifying matches suspended


posted October 5 @ 15:47, EST

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dominican Republic, Guyana and the Netherlands Antilles have withdrawn from a CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying tournament in Cuba that was scheduled to start Wednesday.

CONCACAF spokesman Steve Torres would not specify why the three teams pulled out of the five-day Group C qualifying event, but said a decision regarding the matter could possibly be made by Wednesday or by the end of the week at the latest.

Several CONCACAF officials, including general secretary Chuck Blazer, were in Zurich for FIFA meetings.

Group C is one of six four-team Caribbean groups that comprise the first round of qualifying for the Gold Cup, CONCACAF's biennial nations championship.

Other qualifying groups, from which two teams each advance to the second round, are to be played in Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis through October and November.

Earlier Tuesday, Cuban soccer federation president Luis Hernandez said the other three teams had notified the host island on Monday that they would not be arriving. They did not provide further details, he said.

The 12-team Gold Cup finals are scheduled for July 1-17, 2005. The sites have not been selected. The 2003 event was spread across three cities Foxboro, Massachusetts; Miami and Mexico City.

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