After weeks of political unrest in Colombia, a decision has been made to stop the country to host the upcoming Copa America this summer (June/July).
The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) took the games off Colombia after previously rejecting a proposal to move them to November, saying it was “impossible”.
The tournament was set to be held between Colombia and Argentina for the first time in its 105-year history.
There have been widespread protests against the government in Colombia, with demonstrators disrupting some Copa Libertadores matches.
The South American Football Confederation said: “We guarantee the realisation of the 2021 Copa America and in the coming days will inform on the relocation of those games that were to be held in Colombia,”
Argentina has offered to host the entire tournament.
A series of ongoing protests began in Colombia on April 28th, 2021 against increased taxes and health care reform proposed by the government of President Iván Duque Márquez.
The proposal was revoked but protesters have continued to demonstrate against police brutality, poor wages and a lack of opportunities for young people.
A number of continental cup matches have been moved from Colombia to Paraguay and Ecuador because of the protests.
Colombia has also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with the death toll surpassing 83,000 this week.
Argentina is under a strict lockdown until 31 May after a new wave of cases in the country.
Brazil are defending champions from when the tournament was last held in 2019.