Take another rivalry; the one between Chile and Perú. Not so posh as the former one but they have a history between them that goes back to the era when Peru was an impressive side that frequented World Cups and won the Copa América. A group of Peruvian fans altered the lyrics of the chant to create the “Chile, decime qué se siente”and it is now all over the news and social media.
Sadly, it is one of the darkest hours for Football Governance with all the events linked to the#FIFAgate. This edition of the Tournament will not be any exception, with the ball rolling amid twin criminal probes into bribes and bank fraud at FIFA. And Conmebol has their hand on the mud, with two former presidents and two other regional football chiefs among the nine FIFA officials who were arrested. Furthermore, Datisa, the company under scrutiny for those allegations will still be in charge of the TV broadcasting and commercial exploitation of the Copa América. Journalists claim that there was an informal suggestion to avoid the subject and that players, fans and media should focus on the ball. It may be a facet of the Latin culture to not face directly the problem
On a local basis, the inauguration of the Copa America was followed by protests led by social movements in Chile. Claiming for less inequality, an education reform and a social structural shift, diverse groups went onto the streets of Santiago to raise their voice. Futbol Rebelde, a social movement that uses football as a vehicle towards a more equal society, arranged informal matches in some of the most iconic places of Santiago to raise awareness on the topic. The police rapidly charged against them, but these pictures exhibit the beauty of footballs as a symbol of identity and common objectives.
This video (in Spanish) shows how the demonstrations took place: