Sounders FC

Flu scare puts soccer games in jeopardy

MEXICO CITY – Columbia and Chile turned down a proposal Friday to host two Mexican clubs’ Copa Libertadores matches, fearing the players might bring swine flu with them.

Chivas and San Luis qualified for the round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores – the Latin American club championship – but South American soccer officials do not want to play matches in Mexico, where the flu outbreak is worst.

Colombian soccer officials earlier agreed to host the two Mexican clubs’ home games in Bogota. But health officials rejected the proposal.

The Chile Football Federation said its government also rejected the idea.