Copa America hosts, Brazil, are tightening up borders for Copa America 2019.
The upcoming Copa America matches are not far away and Brazil are the hosts this year. So how is Rio de Janeiro hosting the hooligans?
Here’s the answer:
On Monday officials have announced that known violent foreign fans will be stopped from entering the country for the South American football tournament starting next month.
Any troublemaker, who is identified by immigration officers and border control will be turned back immediately as the justice and public security ministry said.
In addition as the official Brazil Agency said they are going to deploy facial recognition systems in stadiums to identify troublesome supporters during the competition.
Apart from all ten CONMEBOL national teams which are eligible to enter, Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Japan who have played in one previous Copa America, appearing at the 1999 tournament in Paraguay, are going to participate in the tournament this year. Both teams managed to reach the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in the UAE, which was won by Qatar.
Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo are the cities to host the games.
Brazil have won the tournament 8 times before, which makes them the third-most successful team in tournament history behind Uruguay and Argentina.
The final will be played at Rio de Janeiro's “Maracanã” stadium on July 7.
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