Copa America: Tournament to be hosted by Brazil after Argentina removed

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the event simply two weeks earlier than it begins.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) mentioned Argentina was removed as host due to the “present circumstances”.

The nation is presently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 circumstances.

Later on Monday, Conmebol confirmed Brazil would host the showpiece occasion, which begins on 13 June.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol mentioned on Twitter.

But Mr Bolsonaro’s chief of employees warned that there’s “no done deal yet” and difficult situations would have to be met.

“We are in the middle of the process (of negotiations). But, we will not shy away from a demand that, if it’s possible to be done, it could be done,” Luiz Ramos mentioned.

It is just not recognized which stadiums would host the event if it goes forward.

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Argentina was initially set to co-host with Colombia, who have been removed on 20 May with wide-spread protests sweeping the nation.

Opposition to the event had grown each inside and outdoors Argentina’s authorities, whereas Uruguay striker Luis Suarez instructed reporters on Friday that precedence had to be given “to the health of human beings”.

On 22 May Argentina went into a brand new nine-day lockdown after seeing 35,000 new circumstances every day that week.

Meanwhile, in Brazil, protests over the administration of the Covid-19 pandemic by the federal government of President Jair Bolsonaro passed off on Saturday.

Brazil has registered almost 460,000 deaths – the second-highest toll on this planet after the United States. It additionally has the third-highest variety of recorded coronavirus circumstances at greater than 16 million.

Brazil’s Senate is holding an inquiry into the Bolsonaro authorities’s dealing with of the pandemic and the sluggish roll-out of the vaccine programme.

Brazil are defending champions, having received the event in 2019.

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