Copa America: Argentina has offered to host the whole of 2021 Copa America. This will replace the current co-host Colombia, due to civil unrest that has rocked the country since late April.
For the first time in its 105-year history, the competition is being held in two countries but public protests in Colombia have led to 15 deaths.
Strong rumors coming out that the Copa America will be entirely played in Argentina. It won’t be co-hosted in Argentina and Colombia.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) May 18, 2021
The tournament is scheduled to kick off in Buenos Aires on June 13. Fifteen games are recorded for Colombia – which includes the final in Barranquilla on July 10 – and 13 games are listed for Argentina.
Argentine president Alberto Fernandez told the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) his country could stand in if the circumstances in Colombia do not improve.
“If there is a problem, we are ready for the possibility of hosting alone but the protocols would have to be very strict,” Fernandez told Radio 10. “If CONMEBOL said, ‘you can take charge’ then I am ready to study it.”
His comments come as 20 members of one of Argentina’s biggest teams tested positive for the virus, throwing its next match in doubt due to a lack of fit players.
With 15 players separating after testing positive on Friday and Saturday, River Plate was bound to play Sunday’s league match against Boca Juniors with a fifth-choice goalkeeper.
More than 70,000 people have passed away from COVID-19 in Argentina.
The presentations in Colombia, which were ingeniously called in late April against a now-canceled tax plan, have developed to accommodate demands such as a basic income, an end to police violence, and opportunities for young people. More protests are intended this week.