The Brazilian soccer team confirmed this Tuesday, after the victory over Paraguay in the Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, his participation as host of the Copa América which will be played in Brazil and, although they denied a boycott, they expressed their disagreement with the tournament. “We are against the organization of the Copa América, but we will never say no to the Brazilian team “, stated in a manifesto the players and members of the Canarinha Technical Corps.
Brazil agreed at the last minute to organize the tournament, which will be held between June 13 and July 10 in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabá and Goiania after Colombia, for reasons of public order, and Argentina, due to the health crisis of the coronavirus, desist from it. “It is important to note that at no time did we want to turn this discussion into a political issue,” said the manifesto, in which the athletes and coaches highlighted that, despite being a “cohesive” group, it has “different ideas.” “For various humanitarian and personal reasons we are dissatisfied with the conduct of the Copa América by Conmebol (South American Football Confederation), whether it was assigned late to Chile – a country that was also considered – or in Brazil,” they said in the notice. “All recent events lead us to believe that its realization is an inadequate process,” pointed out the members of Canarinha, who, however, asserted that they are “soccer workers and professionals” with “a mission to fulfill the history of the ‘verdeamarela’ shirt, five-time world champion “.
Tournament in the middle of the pandemic
The acceptance of hosting the tournament by the Government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in the midst of a pandemic that does not show firm signs of slowing down and that this Tuesday exceeded the 17 million confirmed cases and 475 deaths associated with covid-19, provoked criticism in the country.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court will even hold an extraordinary session to analyze a request presented by the opposition to Bolsonaro, which requests the immediate cancellation of the tournament on Brazilian soil. Bolsonaro, for his part, insisted that the tournament will be held with the Conmebol protocols applied to the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana and that the criticism came from the Globo network, with whom the president maintains a tense dispute and will not have broadcasting rights.
This week it was circulated in various local media that Brazilian players would renounce to participate and that meetings were held with the captains of other participating teams to establish a joint position on their participation or not in this controversial edition of the oldest national team tournament in the world. It was even mentioned about the Tite’s departure of the technical command, despite the 100% performance, now with 18 points as a result of six victories in the same number of games and considering as his eventual replacement the name of Renato Gaúcho, who this year left the Gremio de Porto Alegre. “We are demonstrating to prevent more fake news from involving our names,” the players and coaching staff underlined in the manifesto.
After the match in Asunción, defender Marquinhos told reporters that in the “context of the Copa América” the group “discussed a lot internally and externally”, but that a lot was said “without knowing the truths” of what was happening. “At no time did we refuse to wear this shirt, because that is our dream since we were children. So, the greatest pride is to be wearing this shirt and, from now on, we are going to see what is decided because there is a hierarchy and we are aware of our important role, “said the defender of Paris Saint Germain.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.