The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) have announced that Argentina would no longer host the Copa America, throwing the troubled tournament into doubt just 13 days before it was due to start.
The tournament, featuring 10 South American nations, had been due to be held in Argentina and Colombia from 13 June to 10 July, the first time in its 105-year history with joint hosts.
However, Colombia was removed as co-host this month after a wave of protests demanding social and economic change spread across the country, and Argentina has now followed due to what CONMEBOL said was the present circumstances.
CONMEBOL did not disclose the nature of the circumstances that led to the decision, but Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in covid-19 cases.
“CONMEBOL is analysing offers from other countries that have shown interest in hosting the continental tournament,” it said in a short statement.
“Updates will be announced soon.”
Officials from the organisation will meet today to decide the next steps for the tournament, which was held over from 2020 due to the pandemic.
Sunday’s stunning decision was announced shortly before 11pm in Argentina at the end of a weekend in which opposition to the tournament grew both inside and outside the government.
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