Soccer-Colombia loses Copa America games after civil unrest

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FILE PHOTO: Anti-government demonstrations continue in Medellin
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators clash with police as protests enter their fourth week with a new national strike called by workers’ unions, students and organisations demanding a series of social changes, in Medellin, Colombia May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Mesa/File Photo

May 21, 2021

By Daniela Desantis

ASUNCION (Reuters) – The 2021 Copa America will no longer feature games in co-host Colombia after the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) decided on Thursday to move games away from the country after a wave of civil unrest.

“CONMEBOL guarantees the realisation of the 2021 Copa America and in the coming days will inform on where the relocation of those games that were to be held in Colombia,” the organisation said in a statement.

The 2021 tournament was due to be held jointly by Colombia and Argentina.

(Reporting by Daniela Desantis in Asuncion, writing by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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