This was confirmed by the president Ivan duque in a conversation with the National Radio, in which he stressed that there is a lot of intention for this to happen, but that it is not responsible to open the doors of the Metropolitan Stadium of Barranquilla for the fans to gather.
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“There is no modification of receiving public. We must be very rigorous and everything will be given in light of the vaccination process that will begin on February 20. We are not thinking in public for this match“, Expressed the maximum president of Colombia.
Although he wants the stadiums to have fans again, he recognizes that “any type of public brings with it the word crowding”, which is why it must “avoid to protect ourselves and others.”
The president was also clear in pointing out that The Ministry of Health will be evaluating the circumstances to make new determinations about what may happen in the futureSince other countries in the region, such as Brazil and the United States, have had great sporting events with a small audience.
Also, Duque was clear in stating the America Cup to be held between Colombia and Argentina “is progressing well” and “there is no interest from Conmebol in postponing it,” but it did not clarify whether fans will be allowed in the stadiums where these matches will be played by the middle of the year.
Some days ago, Ramón Jesurún, president of the Colombian Football Federation, had stated that the mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, had given them the go-ahead for the game against Brazil to have an audience, but after this pronouncement it seems unlikely that this will happen.