02 Jun Argentina gamers upset after Copa America moved to Brazil
Argentina gamers are upset by CONMEBOL’s determination to maneuver the Copa America to Brazil, with sources telling Football4cast Brasil that they’ve even voiced their objections with gamers from the opposite nations, though they’re resigned to journey to Brazil if plans proceed.
South American football’s governing physique (CONMEBOL) named Brazil because the host nation of the 47th Copa America on Monday, lower than 24 hours after they introduced Argentina would not stage the occasion that is because of begin on June 13 and final till July 10 because of “the present scenario.”
On Tuesday, Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro introduced that 4 cities in Brazil — Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Goiania and Cuiaba — can be the host venues, regardless of opposition inside his personal nation over holding the Copa there.
“We now have chosen the hosts in settlement, clearly, with the governors,” Bolsonaro stated. “So every little thing means that Brazil will host the Copa America.”
Colombia have been imagined to function co-hosts for the occasion however pulled out on Could 20, citing social and financial unrest within the nation. They’d beforehand requested that the event be postponed however that request was rejected by CONMEBOL.
Argentina star Sergio Aguero, who simply signed a two-year cope with Barcelona on a free transfer, hinted that COVID-19 dangers in Brazil have been the identical as these in Argentina.
“From what I heard in Brazil they’ve closed the borders too. It is extremely troublesome to offer an opinion. We the gamers need to play. It’s clear. The problem is to discover a good place to play,” Aguero stated. “We now have to play it, there isn’t any time … we already misplaced final yr. There was a yr to discover a place the place it may very well be executed and what might occur … each month, two months every little thing modifications.”
Argentina gamers, regardless of a rise in COVID-19 instances within the nation, are reportedly livid over the choice by the Argentina Football Affiliation (AFA) and the nation’s authorities to not host the occasion.
Final week, the AFA suspended all football actions for 9 days following the well being measures introduced by Argentina president Alberto Fernandez to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources have informed Football4cast Brasil that some Argentina gamers have contacted colleagues from different nationwide teams competing on the Copa America within the hope they might be a part of forces to cease the event from happening.
Argentina players are worried about the coronavirus cases in Brazil, which has its own variant. They also know that their chances of winning the tournament are more difficult now that the event will be staged there. Brazil are the holders of the competition, having won it on home soil in 2019.
The change of venue also means that now national teams will see their preparation and travel altered.
No decision has yet been made on venues and talks are still ongoing between the government and CONMEBOL to reach a formal conclusion.
However, Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he had spoken with his Cabinet and the government is on board with hosting the tournament.
Speaking to supporters in Brasilia, Bolsonaro said he asked health minister Marcelo Queiroga and he also agrees about hosting the event.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are scheduled to open the tournament against Chile on June 13, while Brazil begin their title defence against Venezuela one day later.
CONMEBOL’s decision has not been well received in Brazil, either. Hours after the announcement, Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB), placed a court order in the Federal Supreme Tribunal (STF) to prevent the Copa America from taking place in the country. They considered the decision taken by the government led by Jair Bolsolnaro as “immoral” in view of the pandemic and with the country expected to be hit by a third wave. Moreover, a tournament of the magnitude of the Copa America would also put at risk the health of the population.
“Authoritarian governments used sport to win over the people,” the PSB’s leader Carlos Siqueira tweeted. “So does the president [Jair Bolsonaro] when accepting the Copa America in Brazil when we’ve nearly 500,000 deaths by Covid. It’s negotiating recognition with the unfold of the virus in stadium clusters. A challenge of dying.”
The final Copa America, held in Brazil in 2019, introduced in $118 million in income.
Rui Costa, governor of the Brazil area of Bahia, has dominated out his area internet hosting any Copa America video games, insisting that his precedence is to vaccinate the inhabitants.
“Right here in Bahia, the precedence is to avoid wasting human lives, maintain working and generate earnings for the inhabitants,” he stated.
“The precedence we wish is vaccine. Vaccine to avoid wasting human lives, vaccine to renew employment, earnings, the financial system. We hope that the federal authorities might be dedicated, devoted and work in the direction of the arrival of extra vaccines shortly.”
Furthermore, he added that the Bahia Fonte Nova stadium within the metropolis of Salvador isn’t obtainable to stage video games.
“The stadium, as a result of pandemic, is provisionally made up of ICU beds,” he stated. “Subsequently, right here in Bahia, there might be no Copa America video games held because of the usage of the stadium to avoid wasting human lives.”
Brazil’s Football Federation (CBF) additionally face selections relating to the home leagues.
A delegation of Brazilian golf equipment reportedly met with executives from the CBF on Monday urging to postpone the Brasileiro event that’s being performed whereas the Copa America is staged within the nation.
South American teams are additionally making ready for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that have been initially scheduled to be performed in March however have been postponed due to coronavirus journey restrictions.