The Brazil squad has agreed to play within the Copa America regardless of expressing considerations over the late resolution to stage the continental match of their residence nation.
Gamers used social media to publish a message saying they’re “unhappy” with South American soccer’s governing physique, CONMEBOL, within the means of bringing the match to Brazil after Colombia and Argentina had been dropped as co-hosts.
“All of the current info make us imagine it was an insufficient course of,” the gamers’ put up stated. Brazil has alarming COVID-19 figures, with greater than 475,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.
“We’re employees, skilled footballers. We’ve a mission to take with the historic inexperienced and yellow shirt that received the World Cup 5 instances,” the message stated. “We’re in opposition to the group of Copa America, however we’ll by no means say no to the Brazilian nationwide group.”
Organizers didn’t instantly reply the criticism of Brazil gamers.
Brazil and Venezuela are scheduled to open the Copa America on the Mané Garrincha stadium on Sunday night within the capital Brasilia. However the nation’s high courtroom might cease it when it votes Thursday on whether or not or not the match can proceed.
On Friday, after Brazil’s 2-Zero residence win in opposition to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifying sport, coach Tite stated he and his gamers would delay an announcement on whether or not they would take part within the match, in a choice that mixes views on pandemic management and inner politics.
The announcement got here after Tuesday’s match in opposition to Paraguay in World Cup qualifiers. Brazil received 2-Zero, with objectives by Neymar and Lucas Paquetá.
President Jair Bolsonaro is a staunch supporter of the match being held in Brazil. The far-right chief has defied social distancing insurance policies, claiming shutdown measures kill greater than the virus.
Many Bolsonaro supporters have criticised Tite since Friday, suggesting the coach was main a boycott in opposition to the match for an alleged opposition to the president.
Juninho Paulista, the coordinator of Brazil’s nationwide group, stated within the post-match information convention Tuesday that the textual content printed by gamers additionally contains the opinion of the teaching employees.
Tite prevented giving extra particulars about it final week, insisting the precedence was to give attention to the 2 rounds of World Cup qualifiers that Brazil performed and received.
“I’m not a hypocrite. I’m not aloof and I do know what is occurring,” he stated. “However I do know what the precedence is. The precedence is my work and the dignity of my work.”