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Rio to allow some spectators at Copa America football final

Rio to allow some spectators at Copa America football final

A general view of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro one of the stadiums chosen as a venue for the Copa America, Brazil on Jun 10, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro officials will limit attendance at the Copa America football final between Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana on Saturday (Jul 10) to 6,500 spectators, or 10 per cent of the famed stadium's capacity, the mayor's office said on Friday.

Only those invited by South American soccer federation CONMEBOL will be allowed to attend, the mayor's office said in a statement, and all attendees will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering the stadium.

At the beginning of the year, CONMEBOL managed to secure invites to the Copa Libertadores final in the Maracana. At the time, attendees were seen visibly violating social distancing rules, which led to fines from the municipal government.

The city said attendees will be spread throughout the entire stadium this time, instead of concentrated in one section.

The Brazilian government has drawn widespread criticism among public health experts and a large proportion of the public for hosting the Copa America, even as the country has yet to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

About140 people associated with the tournament had tested positive for the virus by late June.


Source: Reuters/zl

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