Copa America drama breaks through World Cup qualifying

SAO PAULO (AP) — South American World Cup qualifiers are attended by rivals Colombia and Argentina, as well as Brazil-hosting Paraguay, but are overshadowed by possible player rebellion against the upcoming Copa America participation. It’s fading.

The South American tournament will be held in Brazil from June 13th to July 10th. Copa America was originally planned to be co-sponsored by Colombia and Argentina. Colombia was forced to withdraw due to social unrest, and Argentina reportedly declined to host a continental tournament due to a worsening pandemic.

To date, more than 470,000 Brazilians have died from the coronavirus, hosted by Brazil, despite analysts expecting another wave of the virus to hit Brazil by late June. It will be.

In the field, Brazil leads the round-robin tournament with 15 points, 4 points behind second-placed Argentina. The top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Paraguay vs Brazil

The post-match press conference of Brazilian coach Tite in Asuncion is more promising than the game itself. After Celesao defeated Ecuador 2-0 at home, Tito asked him and his players whether to join the next Copa America in a decision that mixed pandemic control with views on internal politics. He said he would reveal it.

“I don’t want to lose my concentration, so I want to talk after the match against Paraguay,” Brazil captain Casemiro said on Friday.

According to Brazilian media reports, Tite may resign before the tournament begins due to disagreements with the national football federation.

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are calling on Tite to resign on social media: Mr. Bolsonaro ignores policies to keep social distance and blockades kill more people than viruses. Insist.

The government confirmed on Saturday night that Bolsonaro had promised the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) executives that Brazil would host the event no matter what.

Brazilian Football Confederation President Rogerio Caboclo was suspended for 30 days on Sunday when sexual harassment allegations surfaced. He denies any misconduct. The suspension may be further extended as the Commission investigates the accusation. Bolsonaro agreed that Brazil would host the South American Games at the request of Caboclo.

Colombia vs Argentina

The Argentine football federation has stated that the team will participate in the Copa America, reflecting the “sports spirit throughout history”, but did not say whether the team’s top players, including Lionel Messi, will participate in the tournament. T.

“All the staff of the Argentine national team are working together to overcome this adversity, which unfortunately affects all of us South Americans equally,” the federation said.

The company tweeted that it had permission to use its base in Buenos Aires for tournaments in Brazil.

“Follow the forced arrival in Brazil’s host city the day before the (Copa America) match.”

Approximately 5,000 fans are expected to play in the Colombian match at the Metropolitano Stadium in Barranquilla, despite the still vigilant numbers of the Andean coronavirus.

Also on Tuesday, third-placed Ecuador will face bottom-ranked Peru. Venezuela will play Uruguay and Chile will play Bolivia.


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