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Brazilian Soccer Stars Suggest Postponement of Copa America Tournament as COVID-19 Rages

HeadlineJun 07, 2021

The captain of Brazil’s national soccer team has suggested his entire squad wants to postpone a major soccer tournament while COVID-19 continues to spread. Superstar Carlos Casemiro is the latest high-profile Brazilian to oppose hosting the Copa America tournament in Brazil, which has recorded 17 million COVID cases and nearly 475,000 deaths — though the true toll is likely far higher.

Colombia was originally slated to host the Copa America but withdrew amid massive anti-government protests. And late last month, the South American Football Confederation ruled out Argentina as a host as it recorded some of the highest daily caseloads of COVID-19 in the world.

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