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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Mastercard Inc (NYSE:) has decided to temporarily remove its brands from Copa America in Brazil, although the payments company remains a sponsor of the soccer tournament, vehicles Brazilian media reported on Wednesday.
The move comes as the Copa America is facing criticism when it is moved to Brazil, despite the country having the world’s third-worst coronavirus outbreak outside of the United States and India and is second dangerous epidemic.
In a statement sent to Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Mastercard said it had decided not to “activate” sponsorship of Copa America in Brazil.
Mastercard did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on the matter.
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