The South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) mentioned on Sunday that Argentina would now not host the Copa America, throwing the match into doubt simply 13 days earlier than it was as a result of kick off.
The match, that includes 10 South American nations, had been as a result of be held in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, the primary time in its 105-year historical past with joint hosts.
Nonetheless, Colombia was eliminated as co-host on Might 20 after a wave of protests demanding social and financial change unfold throughout the nation and Argentina has now adopted as a result of what CONMEBOL mentioned was the “current circumstances”.
CONMEBOL didn’t disclose the character of the circumstances that led to the choice however Argentina is at present experiencing a surge in Covid-19 circumstances.
“CONMEBOL is analysing presents from different international locations which have proven curiosity in internet hosting the continental match,” it mentioned in a brief assertion. “Updates can be introduced quickly.”
Officers from the organisation will meet on Monday to determine on the following steps for the match, which was held over from 2020 because of the pandemic.
Sunday’s beautiful choice was introduced shortly earlier than 11pm in Argentina on the finish of a weekend through which opposition to the match grew each inside and out of doors the federal government.
Argentina noticed Covid-19 circumstances develop rapidly in Might and prompted the federal government to mandate a strict new lockdown.
Thursday noticed a document one-day variety of new circumstances and the general demise toll had hit 76,693 by the weekend, in line with information from the World Well being Organisation.
Even some gamers who had returned to South America to organize for the match expressed doubts, with Luis Suarez of Uruguay telling reporters on Friday, “we’ve got to offer precedence to the well being of human beings”.
Gonzalo Belloso, CONMEBOL’s secretary common, mentioned final week the organisation had spoken to Chilean officers with a view to maybe internet hosting some matches there.
Organisers are reluctant to name the match off due to its significance financially. The final Copa America, held in Brazil in 2019, introduced in $118m (£83.2m) and was the second largest annual income after the Copa Libertadores, the equal of Europe’s Champions League.
CONMEBOL’s repute has taken a battering in recent times, with the organisation pressured to maneuver the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores ultimate to Madrid as a result of fan violence in Buenos Aires.