Cuban television announced to soccer fans on the island that they will be able to enjoy the 2021 America Cup on their televisions, which begins next Sunday, June 13.
“Based on the agreements reached with the entities that grant the broadcasting rights of the Copa América 2021, we can count on the transmission of said tournament in its entirety,” reported on its Twitter account the general management of Tele Rebelde, the channel in charge of sports competitions in the country.
Cuban television reported in May that did not have enough money to pay for the issuance of the Eurocup and the America’s Cup football, news that fell like a bucket of cold water on the thousands of fans of that sport on the island.
“Due to the tense financial situation that the country is experiencing today, further affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not have the necessary funds to acquire the transmission rights of both events,” Tele Rebelde said in a statement.
“Due to the importance that both events represent in our fans, we offer an explanation. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience caused to our fans,” added the text.
The initial decision not to broadcast the competition on the small screen generated much criticism from soccer lovers in Cuba, at a time when the closure of all recreational options left television as the only way of entertainment.
Some argued that the real reason is that this year the official theme of the Copa América is a version of ‘La Gozadera’, popularized long ago by the duo Gente de Zona.
“Is that the Copa América song is by Gente de Zona and there is something in the Eurocup related to Yotuel, right?”, Questioned an Internet user, alluding to the censorship of the regime of all the music of Gente de Zona and Yotuel Romero , after his participation in the theme ‘Patria y Vida’.
“There are no words for your lack of respect, more than 20 years broadcasting events of this type, now, when it is most needed by the situation, they put thousands of slogans that if you stay home, but you with your programming do not motivate and They make you invent to spend money on watching football, to do illegal acts. How long has the abuse with the Cuban been? “criticized another Cuban.
The Copa América 2021 will begin next Sunday in Brazil and will conclude on July 10, with the participation of 10 South American countries that are members of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL): Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru , Uruguay and Venezuela.
The European Championship will start on Friday, June 11, and will be hosted in the cities of Saint Petersburg, in Russia; Munich, in Germany; Baku, in Azerbaijan and Rome, in Italy and London, in England.
The tournament should have been held in 2020, but was postponed for the coronavirus pandemic.