Argentina suspends all football with Copa America looming

Afp, Buenos Aires

22 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Argentina's football association (AFA) on Friday suspended all professional tournaments as a new coronavirus lockdown was imposed on the country, just over three weeks before hosting the Copa America.

The news comes one day after South American football's governing body CONMEBOL stripped Colombia of co-hosting rights after the country asked to have the competition postponed until the end of the year.

Colombia officially said it was due to the there being little chance of fans attending but the country has been gripped by weeks of social unrest that has left at least 42 people dead, and is also struggling with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, Fernandez had said Argentina would be prepared to host the Copa America by itself should Colombia pull out.

The lockdown means Argentina's League Cup semi-finals and finals, scheduled for the next two weekends, will have to be played at a later date. The winners qualify for next season's Copa Libertadores.