Twelve members of the Venezuelan delegation, including players and technical commission, tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the opening match of the Copa América-2021 in which they will face host Brazil.
Of the cases confirmed after arriving in Brasilia, venue of the opening match of the competition on Sunday, five correspond to footballers. In addition there are seven other members of the delegation who were also diagnosed with the disease. All are already isolated according to Conmebol’s anticovid protocol. The confederation, which organizes the event, only allows each country to bring 56 people per delegation, and all must be tested every 48 hours. In addition, they are required to be accommodated in individual rooms in their respective hotels.
Shortly after the problem with ‘La Vinotinto’ occurred, Conmebol made a change in the competition regulations, which only allowed the substitution of five players from each squad, but from now on the changes are unlimited, that is, all 28 players from each country can be replaced.
Jose Peseiro, coach of Venezuela, you can call five players to replace the ones who tested positive. In any case, Peseiro still has 23 players available to play in the match against the Brazilian team, which will be played tomorrow Sunday in the opening match of the Copa América.