The International Union of Footballers (FIFPRO) on Tuesday expressed its “serious concern” about the relocation of the Copa América to Brazil just a few days before the tournament and He issued a strong pronouncement, raising serious doubts about the opportunity to hold the Copa América in Brazil, where the impact of the pandemic is still very strong. In this sense, it released the following statement: “FIFPRO expresses serious concerns with the process taken to reassign the Copa América, which included late decisions and the announcement of a new venue just a few days before the start of the tournament.
The decision was not only made in the short term, but the new host has an alarming number of COVID-19 cases, which requires very good and early preparation. The short time in which the initiative was confirmed could have serious consequences for the health of professional footballers, staff and the general public. Together with other international players within soccer, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have clearly stated that public health and safety must be the top priority within the soccer industry, even more so in these extraordinary times.
The decision to transfer hundreds of footballers at such short notice to compete in a tournament of such complexity opens up a scenario of uncertainty for each of them and their families.
As the pandemic continues to weaken public health services in the region, FIFPRO respectfully requests CONMEBOL to take all required measures to ensure that the competition does not put players at risk.
In this context, FIFPRO will naturally support each footballer who decides to reject the call and not participate in the tournament based on their health and safety concerns. As in other national team competitions previously played during the pandemic, players should be able to prioritize their health and that of their families without fear of being penalized. “