Brazil nationwide crew releases assertion explaining why they’re taking part within the Copa América
Brazil national team players broke their silence and spoke publicly about the Copa America in their country despite the ongoing battle to control the coronavirus.
After beating Paraguay 2-0 in their final 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, the squad released a statement that Marca shared on their stance. Various reports of a possible boycott of the tournament have been mentioned as the players felt they were being used as pawns to distract attention from the health crisis in the country.
As these reports became public, all press conferences were canceled. Finally, the Brazilian team decided to take part in the Copa America and appealed to the fans for their commitment. Nonetheless, some criticize the team that continues with the tournament.
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“When a Brazilian is born, a fan is born. And for more than 200 million fans, we wrote this letter to express our opinion on the Copa America.
We are a closed group, but with different ideas. For various humanitarian or professional reasons, we are dissatisfied with the way Conmebol is holding the Copa América, be it too late in Chile or even in Brazil.
All recent events make us believe in an inadequate process in its realization.
It is important to note that at no point did we want to make this debate political. We are aware of the importance of our position, follow the media reports and are present on social networks. We are also demonstrating to prevent further false positives from circulating that include our names without the real facts.
Finally, we remind you that we are workers, we are football professionals. We have a mission to accomplish with the historic five-time world champion in the yellow-green jersey. We are against the organization of the Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian team. “
Former Brazilian international Walter Casagrande wrote a piece for Globo Esporte (via Marca) calling the players cowards for reversing their decision not to play at the Copa America.
Brazil opened the competition against Venezuela on Sunday.