The Brazilian socialist deputy Julio Delgado announced that he will file a lawsuit before the Supreme Court of the South American giant to prohibit the holding of the America’s Cup in that country, shortly after the South American Football Confederation announced the country as a new headquarters.
“The numbers of the pandemic and the bans on events do not allow President Jair Bolsonaro, deliberately, to decide that a cup of that importance, with teams from 10 countries, be held here”Delgado, from the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), told the political information portal O Antagonist.
Delgado affirmed that, with almost 462,000 deaths from covid-19 and the pandemic still out of control in the country, Brazil “cannot” host the continental football event, which was to be held first jointly by Argentina and Colombia, countries which finally renounced their status as venues.
Conmebol announced at its headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, that the country chosen to host the Copa América is now Brazil, one of the three most affected in the world by the covid pandemic, along with the United States and India, and that it is also facing a wave of the health crisis, according to specialists.
The CONMEBOL @America Cup 2021 will be played in Brazil! Tournament start and end dates are confirmed. The venues and the fixture will be informed by CONMEBOL in the next few hours. The oldest national team tournament in the world will make the whole continent vibrate!
– CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) May 31, 2021
In announcing the new headquarters, the governing body of South American football also expressed its gratitude to President Jair Bolsonaro and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), for “opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. world”.
Conmebol said that in “the next few hours” the Brazilian cities that will host the Copa América matches will be known and that the “dates” scheduled for the tournament “are confirmed”, so it should begin on June 13.