This summer time’s Copa America has been thrown into chaos with the match left with no host lower than two weeks till it kicks off.
Argentina have been stripped as hosts of the 2021 competitors over the rising COVID-19 instances within the nation.
Argentina had been initially set to co-host the Copa America with Colombia, however they had been eliminated as match hosts on Might 20 following a wave of protests demanding social and financial change within the nation.
And now Argentina has additionally been axed to place the competitors in main doubt.
The Copa America, which options ten South American nations battling to grow to be champions, is scheduled to start out on June 13 and finish on July 10.
It’s the primary time within the match’s 105-year historical past it was attributable to have joint hosts, however these plans have been ripped up with the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) seemingly on the seek for a brand new host with simply 13 days to go till it was attributable to start.
CONMEBOL has defined Argentina have been stripped as hosts attributable to ‘current circumstances’, with the nation at present experiencing a surge in coronavirus instances which triggered a lockdown earlier this month.
“CONMEBOL is analysing provides from different nations which have proven curiosity in internet hosting the continental match,” learn a short assertion from the governing physique.
“Updates shall be introduced quickly.”
Officers from the organisation are set to fulfill on Monday to resolve on the subsequent steps of the competitors, which has been delayed from 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
CONMEBOL has mentioned it’s at present ‘analysing the provide of different nations’ that confirmed curiosity in internet hosting, with secretary basic Gonzalo Belloso saying final week talks had been held with Chile over internet hosting some matches there.
Whereas strain from the general public has seen plans change with simply days to go till the match is because of begin, there has additionally been opposition from gamers, too.
Numerous stars have already returned to South American in preparation for the marketing campaign, however Uruguay’s LaLiga title successful striker Luis Suarez is amongst these to have spoken out about holding the Copa America in Argentina throughout their COVID-19 lockdown, saying on Friday: “Now we have to offer precedence to the well being of human beings”.
Brazil are defending champions, having received the match in 2019, however there are actually huge doubts over whether or not the Selecao will be capable of defend their title.
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