MADRID - World and European champions
Spain have been invited to play in the Copa America following
the withdrawal of Japan, Spanish football federation (RFEF)
president Angel Maria Villar was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
"Yesterday we received the official invitation, and we don't
rule it out," Villar (pictured) said at an event in Barcelona, according to
"Next week or the week after we will determine at a meeting
of the board of directors whether we will accept the
invitation," he added.
Japan withdrew from the tournament in Argentina in July
after the Asian country's northeastern coast was devastated by
an earthquake and tsunami last month.
They were drawn in Group A with the hosts, Bolivia and
"I don't rule anything out when the request is made with
affection and love, but at the same time taking into account the
difficulties," Villar said.
"That doesn't mean we are going or not, but as president I
have the obligation to take it to the board."
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