Copa moved to Brazil
The Copa America was thrown into doubt when Argentina was revealed to be unable to host the competition due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Alejandro Domínguez, president of the South American soccer federation, CONMEBOL, announced that Brazil would host the competition instead.
¡Se viene un torneo que hará vibrar al continente!.
— Alejandro Domínguez (@agdws) May 31, 2021
This has received heavy backlash with the nation currently averaging more than 60,000 Covid-19 cases per day.
Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University who has been tracking the spread of the virus in Brazil said, “This is complete insanity. It’s as if Rome were burning and Nero wanted a soccer game in the Colosseum to celebrate.”
Brazilian midfielder and Real Madrid man Casemiro has spoken out against the plans.
After Brazil’s 2-0 win over Paraguay he said, “Everyone knows, it is clear for everyone. We want to express our opinion. It’s not me, it’s not just the players from Europe. When one speaks, it’s for all. With Tite together.”
Casemiro confirmou o descontentamento dos jogadores da Seleção, mas falou que o grupo vai expor sua opinião após o jogo contra o Paraguai. pic.twitter.com/G1xdq2pcNQ
— TNT Sports Brasil (@TNTSportsBR) June 5, 2021
It is yet to be seen whether anything will happen regarding a postponement of the tournament.
The European Championships are still set to go ahead across several countries in Europe. With comparatively little concern in relation to the Copa America.
The sheer number of daily cases in Brazil is the reason for what is being described, quite rightly, as ‘insanity.’