The idea of the South American entity is to occupy the stadiums with at least 30% of its capacities in the tournament, scheduled to start June 13 and which will have Argentina and Colombia as headquarters
A South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced that it will get vaccines against Covid-19 to enable the presence of fans in the America Cup. The entity that controls football in South America is working with the governments of Argentina and yes Colombia to obtain vaccines that would allow public access to stadiums during the competition, which will begin on June 13. The tournament was scheduled to take place in 2020, but was postponed for a year due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The championship now has a new format, now with two host countries. There will be a total of 28 matches, 13 in Argentina and 15 in Colombia, including the final in Barranquilla, on 10 July.
Conmebol’s goal is to occupy the stadiums with at least 30% of their capacity in the next Copa America. “We are working together with the two governments to get as many vaccines as possible so that our stadiums also have the opportunity to receive the public that supports their stars,” said the president of Conmebol, the Paraguayan Alejandro Domínguez. With the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and the slow pace of vaccination on the continent, it is still unclear whether the teams will be able to count on athletes working in Europe.
FIFA has already suspended rounds 5 and 6 of the South American Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar earlier this month., which would be played on the 24th, 25th and 30th of March, due to the fact that several European clubs refuse to relinquish their players because of the worsening of the pandemic. The new dates have not yet been decided. Domínguez praised the protocol chosen to resume South American tournaments. “Our protocol was and is more effective than any of the best vaccines that are being applied today to combat the pandemic,” he said.
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