STF Authorizes the Copa América in Brazil

All 11 justices voted to reject actions challenging the government's decision to hold a tournament


Brazil's Supreme Court authorized this Thursday (10) the holding of the Copa América in Brazil. The justices, however, sent messages to President Jair Bolsonaro and highlighted the need for the competition to follow sanitary measures in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The 11 members of the court rejected the actions presented by entities and opposition parties against the decision of the federal government to bring the competition to the country.

Justices Edson Fachin and Ricardo Lewandowski voted to force the government to present, within 24 hours, a risk mitigation plan for the dissemination of the coronavirus specifically aimed at the tournament. However, despite the majority of justices having warned of the need for the competition to respect sanitary measures to combat Covid-19, the proposal to demand the presentation of a plan did not prevail.

Moraes, in turn, stated that Copa América can only be held if "appropriate health safety protocols are adopted" and if there is no "impeding situation in the state or municipality that hosts the competition games."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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