A Spanish referee, Jesús Gil Manzano, stands out in the list with more than 60 chosen by the organizers of America’s Cup to drive the 28 games to be played in Brazil from June 13. “For the first time” European referees have been summoned for the oldest national team tournament in the world “thanks to a cooperation agreement between Conmebol and UEFA,” explained the promoters of the competition. The main novelty will be the presence of the Spanish Gil Manzano, who will have as assistants in the bands his compatriots Diego Barbero Sevilla and Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, from the VAR to Ricardo De Burgos and José Luis Munuera Montero. Manzano has been a FIFA referee since 2014, when he became the youngest Spanish international referee in history at just 29 years old.
The rest of the field officials chosen to lead the 28 matches from the Copa América are the Argentines Néstor Pitana and Patricio Loustau; the Bolivian Gery Vargas; Brazilians Wilton Sampaio and Raphael Claus; the Chilean Roberto Tobar; the Colombians Wilmar Roldán and Andrés Rojas; the Ecuadorian Guillermo Guerrero; the Paraguayan Eber Aquino; the Peruvian Victor Hugo Carrillo; the Uruguayan Esteban Ostojich; and the Venezuelan Alexis Herrera. In addition to these 14 central referees, the call is completed by 22 assistant referees, 16 VAR referees, plus another 4 referees and 10 support assistants.
The tournament will be played in the cities of Brasilia, Cuiabá, Goiania and Rio de Janeiro, although the dates and stadiums of the matches are unknown less than two weeks before the opening day.
The celebration of this Copa América is wrapped in a huge controversy after the two original venues withdrew from it: Colombia, for the violent protests in their territory, and Argentina, due to the critical situation of its hospitals as a result of the pandemic of the coronavirus, similar to that of Brazil.
Conmebol finally announced Brazil as the new and only headquarters and specifically thanked the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who denies the seriousness of covid-19 and gave his go-ahead to host the event, which caused a wave of criticism by political and health sectors.