Coronavirus

South American football says: “What pandemic?”

Football in South America has continued largely unaffected during the Covid-19 pandemic, and executives want fans in the stadium

South American Football pandemic
The Copa Libertadores final was played on Jan. 30, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro. Over 5,000 fans were in the stadium, as Covid-19 cases and deaths skyrocketed in Brazil. Photo: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF

South America’s football confederation Conmebol is infamous for its questionable management decisions, with its hectic and nonsensical fixture lists, leniency toward racism, and myriad allegations of corruption. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the governing body of South American football has delivered more of the same, coming under fire for its handling of the sport amid a health crisis. 

With over 538,000 Covid-19 deaths in South America, and countries such as Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay facing dangerous case peaks, football on the continent continues largely as normal.

Indeed, on Tuesday, Conmebol head Alejandro Domínguez announced that the international Copa...

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