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Wednesday 9 June 2021
The Brazilian national football team decided to participate in the South American Nations Cup (Copa America), which will be hosted by Brazil a few days later, despite expressing a state of dissatisfaction in a statement issued by the team on Wednesday morning.
Brazil, one of the countries most affected by the emerging Corona virus pandemic, was chosen to host the Copa America after Colombia and Argentina were excluded from hosting the tournament competitions due to political turmoil in the first, and the increase in the epidemic in the second.
And it was reported that Tite, the coach of the Brazilian national team and his players, were thinking about participating in the tournament or not, but the team announced its participation in the tournament after the match that it won against its host Paraguay 2-0 on Wednesday morning in the framework of the South American qualifiers for the World Cup finals. 2022.
“For a number of reasons, humanitarian or professional, we are not satisfied with the way CONMEBOL (Confederation of South American Football) handled the Copa America, whether it was decided to take place in Chile or in Brazil after a short period of time,” the statement read.
The players said that the recent events show that the organization of the Copa America is “inappropriate”.
The players added that despite their dissatisfaction, they decided to participate in the Copa America: “Because we are professional footballers. We have a mission to accomplish in the shirt of the five-time world champion.”
“We are against organizing the Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian national team,” the players added in the statement.
In the midst of the tension surrounding the Copa America, it was decided to suspend Rogerio Capoclo, president of the Brazilian Confederation, from work for a period of 30 days, initially, by a decision of the Ethics Committee of the Brazilian Confederation.
Capoclo is facing accusations of sexual and moral abuse of an employee of the union, but he denies these accusations.