The players of the Brazilian team demonstrated against the organization of the Copa America in Brazil. At dawn this Wednesday (9), the cast spoke through social networks, in a joint note, criticizing the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) for the way the entity behaved after the impossibility of hosting the event in Argentina and in Colombia, as initially planned.
Despite the criticism, the athletes stated that they will compete in the competition, which starts on Sunday (13). Brazil debuts at 18:00 (GMT), against Venezuela, at Mané Garrincha, in Brasília. Current champions, the team led by Tite is in Group B, alongside Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The summons for the tournament will be announced this Wednesday.
In the manifesto, the players declared that they did not want to make the discussion about Copa América “political” and that they are dissatisfied “for various reasons, be they humanitarian or professional” with the conduct of the competition, “whether it was hosted late in Chile or even in Brazil”. They conclude the note saying that they have “a mission to accomplish with the historic five-time world champion yellow green jersey” and “we will never say no to the Brazilian team”.
The expectation for the positioning of the players was high since the announcement as the venue for the Copa America. The traditional press conferences of the athletes in the days before the matches were canceled and only Tite responded to the press. Whenever questioned, the technician shied away from answering on the subject.
Edition: Cláudia Soares Rodrigues
Source: Lincoln Chaves – Reporter for TV Brasil and Rádio Nacional – São Paulo
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