Copa America left without hosts as Argentina axed

The Copa America is without a host country a fortnight before the tournament is due to kick off after Argentina was dropped as organisers of the competition.

The country had been due to co-host the tournament, which starts on June 13, alongside Colombia.

Ten competing nations are Brazil (holders), Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation, removed Colombia from hosting duties earlier in the month due to civil unrest.

On Monday, the confederation tweeted: “CONMEBOL informs that, in view of the present circumstances, it has decided to suspend the organisation of the Copa America in Argentina.

“CONMEBOL is looking at the offer of other countries that showed interest in hosting the continental tournament.

“Further news will be announced shortly.”

Argentina has recently been placed into a lockdown due to spiralling Covid infections, with nearly 30,000 new cases reported on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Thursday had seen a record one-day number of new cases, and the overall death toll had hit 76,693 by the weekend.

Officials from CONMEBOL will meet on Monday to decide the next steps for the tournament, which was postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.

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Gonzalo Belloso, CONMEBOL’s secretary general, said last week that they had spoken to Chilean officials with a view to stepping in as hosts of some matches, though that was before they were left with no plans at all.

“We have to give priority to the health of human beings,” said Luis Suarez as he flew back to South America to represent Uruguay in the tournament.

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