Copa America to be hosted by Brazil after Argentina removed

Copa America

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”.

The country is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Later on Monday, Conmebol confirmed Brazil would host the showpiece event, which starts on 13 June.

No stadiums have yet been announced for the tournament in Brazil.

Argentina was originally set to co-host with Colombia, who were removed on 20 May with wide-spread protests sweeping the country.

Opposition to the tournament had grown both inside and outside Argentina’s government, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez told reporters on Friday that priority had to be given “to the health of human beings”.

Brazil are defending champions, having won the tournament in 2019.

Source: BBC

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