Changes within football in South America. The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced this Friday that it is revoking the requirement for mandatory Covid-19 tests in Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Recopa matches; however, the full vaccination schedule will be required.
The decision was announced in a statement released in Asunción by the governing body of South American soccer, after medical experts from its covid-19 commission “They concluded that the conditions already exist to adopt this measure.”
It should be noted that the lifting of the mandatory nature of the tests supposes “the application of the complete vaccination scheme against covid”according to the health requirements of each country.
In this way, Conmebol decided to leave the responsibility of monitoring the vaccination and the status of all the members of its delegation in the hands of the medical team of each club.
Until now, the members of a delegation of up to 55 people had to undergo a test in the country of origin for the Libertadores, Sudamericana and Recopa commitments.
Visiting and local delegations were also required to take the test 72 hours before the match. The requirement covered referees, match and anti-doping officials, doctors, operating personnel, among others.
If a positive case is presented, Conmebol recommended in its new provision that it be reported “immediately” to your Medical Commission. In this situation, the club doctor is responsible for monitoring the evaluation of the infected person and ensuring that they comply with isolation.
Likewise, it established that the Conmebol Medical Commission is “lsolely responsible for approving or rejecting the discharge request” signed by the team doctor.
In June 2020, Conmebol announced a series of measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic, which in addition to mandatory tests before training and travel, included a ban on spitting during and after the match, celebrating group goals , kiss the ball and exchange jerseys, pennants or gifts between the captains.