The Copa América will be played in Brazil, but without an audience

Finally, the Copa América will be played in Brazil, but without the presence of the public. Its headquarters will be Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Goiás, announced the Brazilian chief of staff, Luiz Eduardo Ramos.

“Copa América confirmed in Brazil (…) Brazil is host to Libertadores, South American games, not to mention the state and Brazilian championships. Brazil could not turn its back on a traditional championship like this,” the minister said on Twitter.

“The games will be in Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro, Federal District (Brasilia) and Goiás, without an audience,” he added.

Shortly before, the president Jair Bolsonaro had announced that the governors of Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, the Federal District and Mato Grosso do Sul, and not Mato Grosso, as Ramos tweeted, had agreed to host the Copa América matches.

In addition, Bolsonaro assured that the same health and safety protocols will be followed in the tournament as in the Copa Libertadores.

During the day, a judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil gave Bolsonaro five days to present information on the government’s last-minute decision to host the Copa América despite the country’s continuing problems with covid-19.

The judge’s request Ricardo Lewandowski It came in response to a lawsuit filed by the opposition Workers’ Party, which refuses to host the tournament given the current health situation in Brazil and plunged the fate of Latin America’s biggest sporting event into uncertainty once again.

Bolsonaro had said early Tuesday that his government agreed with the organization of the Copa América this month, after the original host, Argentina, gave up due to a dramatic deterioration of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Brazil is currently struggling to cope with the ravages of a virus that has killed 465,199 people, according to government figures as of Tuesday, and is the second country with the most deaths from covid-19 in the world.

“Considering the importance of the matter and the public health emergency derived from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the urgency that the case requires, information is requested from the President of the Republic within the legal term,” Lewandowski wrote in an order seen by the Reuters agency.

The Copa América, which will be played from June 13 to July 10, was to be held for the first time in history in two venues: Colombia and Argentina.

However, a series of violent protests caused Colombia to lose its headquarters and days later Argentina also withdrew from the organization due to a new wave of coronavirus cases. Brazil hosted the Copa América in 2019, when it became champion, and the World Cup in 2014.

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