Bolivia’s Copa warm-up scrapped over lack of referee

Bolivia named their Copa America squad before Mondayand’s deadline having had to scrap a warm-up friendly against Venezuela for lack of match officials.
Coach Mauricio Soria made light of the loss of much-needed match practice for his players, saying they had had a useful game with the squad divided into two teams in the Argentine city of Mendoza. and”Yesterday in the practice the intensity of the two teams was quite strong, they didnand’t hold back,and” Soria told reporters.and”They played a match with plenty of good things but also many mistakes. Weand’ll have to correct those mistakes and encourage the positive aspects.and” The friendly had been arranged in Mendoza across Argentinaand’s Andean border with Chile where the tournament kicks off on June 11. Bolivia is in Group A with host Chile, Ecuador and Mexico.South American soccerand’s second most powerful official says the bribery scandal surrounding FIFA puts in and”questionand” next yearand’s Centennial Copa America tournament scheduled to be played in the United States. Jose Luis Meiszner, the secretary general of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, told radio in Buenos Aires: and”Today one has to question the possibility of playing this tournament.and” Meiszner said a main stumbling block was that Jeffrey Webb, head of CONCACAF — the governing body North America Central America and the Caribbean — was being held by Swiss authorities in the bribery scandal.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman