Argentina offered to host the whole of 2021 Copa America on Tuesday, replacing current co-host Colombia, where a wave of civil unrest has rocked the country since late April.

The tournament is being held in two countries for the first time in its 105-year history but nationwide protests in Colombia have led to at least 15 deaths.

The tournament is scheduled to kick off in Buenos Aires on June 13. Fifteen games are slated for Colombia – including the final in Barranquilla on July 10 – and 13 games are scheduled for Argentina.

Argentine president Alberto Fernandez told the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) his country could stand in if the situation in Colombia does not stabilise.


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“If there is a problem, we are ready for the possibility of hosting alone but the protocols would have to be very strict,”…

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