Brazil players express concern over Copa America being held in home country, agree to play in tournament

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Brazil's nationalist shot squad players person agreed to play successful the Copa America portion expressing concerns implicit the precocious determination to signifier the continental tourney successful their location country. Players said successful a connection that they released done their societal media accounts that they are "unsatisfied" with CONMEBOL, South America's shot governing body, which decided to determination the tourney to Brazil aft Colombia and Argentina were dropped arsenic co-hosts.

However, they besides said they don't privation to marque the organisation of Copa America a governmental statement and volition ne'er garbage a accidental to play for Brazil.

"We are a cohesive group, but with antithetic ideas. For aggregate reasons, humanitarian oregon of nonrecreational nature, we are unsatisfied with the starring of Copa America by CONMEBOL, nary substance if it were hosted belatedly successful Chile oregon successful Brazil," the players' station said.

"All the caller facts marque america judge it was an inadequate process," they further said.

Brazil has alarming COVID-19 figures, with much than 4,75,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus. Players did not code the pandemic straight successful their text.

According to section media, the players weren't needfully disquieted astir the virus, but felt they had to dependable their disapproval to the president of the Brazilian shot confederation, Rogerio Caboclo, for deciding to determination the tourney without consulting them.

"We are workers, nonrecreational footballers. We person a ngo to instrumentality with the historical greenish and yellowish garment that won the World Cup 5 times," the players' connection said. "We are against the organisation of Copa America, but we volition ne'er accidental nary to the Brazilian nationalist team.”

Organisers did not instantly respond to the disapproval of Brazil players.

Brazil are acceptable to look Venezuela successful the opening lucifer of the tourney connected Sunday evening astatine the Mane Garrincha stadium successful the superior Brasilia. The country's apical tribunal could yet halt the tourney from taking spot erstwhile it votes Thursday to instrumentality a determination connected the matter.

On Friday, aft Brazil's 2-0 location triumph against Ecuador successful a World Cup qualifying game, manager Tite said helium and his players would hold an announcement connected whether they would enactment successful the tournament, successful a determination that mixes views connected pandemic power and interior politics.

The announcement came aft Tuesday's lucifer against Paraguay successful World Cup qualifiers. Brazil won 2-0, with goals by Neymar and Lucas Paqueta. The Brazilians pb the array with six wins successful six matches.

President Jair Bolsonaro is simply a staunch protagonist of the tourney being held successful Brazil. The far-right person has defied societal distancing policies, claiming shutdown measures termination much than the virus.

Many Bolsonaro supporters person criticised Tite since Friday, suggesting the manager was starring a boycott against the tourney for an alleged absorption to the president. The manager ne'er said his players should skip Copa America, but section reports said squad captains discussed that anticipation implicit the past week.

Juninho Paulista, the coordinator of Brazil's nationalist team, said successful the post-match quality league Tuesday that the substance published by players besides includes the sentiment of the coaching staff.

Tite insisted since past week his precedence was the 2 rounds of World Cup qualifiers that Brazil played and won. He promised to sermon the decisions astir Copa America aft the lucifer against Paraguay, but fell abbreviated erstwhile helium had the chance.

"I americium not a hypocrite. I americium not aloof and I cognize what is happening. But I cognize what the precedence is. The precedence is my enactment and the dignity of my work," helium said.

Tite is expected to denote Brazil's squad for Copa America connected Wednesday.