Mastercard and Ambev drop branding from Copa América in Brazil amid Covid concerns

The move from Ambev comes after Mastercard Inc said it had decided to temporarily remove its branding from Copa América amid criticism over a last-minute decision to host the soccer tournament in Brazil, where COVID-19 is killing thousands daily.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (REUTERS) Mastercard Inc has decided to temporarily remove its branding from the Copa América amid criticism over a last-minute decision to host the soccer tournament in Brazil, which is struggling with one of the world’s worst covid-19 outbreaks.

In a statement to Reuters on Wednesday, Mastercard said it has decided not to “activate” its sponsorship of Copa América in Brazil after a thorough analysis. The payments company remains a sponsor of the tournament, as it has been since 1992.

Brazilian beverage company Ambev SA will not involve its brands in the . . .

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