Copa América: MPF will investigate CBF, Conmebol and event sponsors for 'human rights violations'

Channels that own the rights to broadcast the tournament and the host states are also included in the action.

Public Photos/CBFHeadquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in Barra da Tijuca

The Federal Attorney for Citizens’ Rights (PFDC), linked to the Federal Public Ministry, filed this Monday, 7, requests for investigation of possible human rights violations that involve the realization of the America Cup in Brazil. The tournament starts on the 13th of June and ends on the 10th of July. The ministry’s federal attorney, Carlos Alberto Vilhena, indicated that the MPF investigate the acts practiced by the Brazilian Football Confederation – CBF, by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), by the companies sponsoring the event (Mastercard, Ambev, Latam, Semp TCL, Diageo, Kwai, Betsson and TeamViewer), by the state and municipal governments. Official letters were sent to the PRDC regional prosecutors in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro e Sao Paulo.

The State of São Paulo is the only one that will not host the tournament, but the investigation will focus on television channels that have the rights to broadcast the Copa America, such as SBT and Disney (ESPN and Fox Sports channels) and on sponsoring companies (Kwai and Betfair). The document highlights the situation of calamity in Brazil, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the possibility of transmission from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people, the circulation of several variants whose studies indicate an association with a higher viral load and greater potential for transmissibility. The Public Ministry estimates that at least 585 people from different countries will circulate in Brazil including the technical team, stadium employees, security guards and journalists.

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