Casemiro: Brazilian soccer team captain says ‘let’s talk at the right time’ about Brazil hosting Copa America


Brazilian coach Tite said in a press conference on Thursday that his players had requested to meet with Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) President Rogerio Caboclo to discuss the matter.

Brazilian media reported that the players discussed the possibility of not participating in the tournament, which is due to start on June 13.

Brazilian soccer team captain Casemiro also spoke after Brazil’s victory over Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier on Friday – the first domestic player to speak publicly since the Brazil announces Monday as host of the Copa America.

The Real Madrid soccer star said the players would speak publicly about the issue on Tuesday after the Paraguay game on June 8 “so as not to lose the attention of the World Cup qualifier”.

“Everyone knows our position (on the issue),” Casemiro said. “Titus was clear. We want to express our opinion, whether it’s right or not, I don’t know, but we want to express it.

“Let’s talk at the right time. We are all together when someone speaks, speaks for everyone (in the team). It must be unanimous, all together,” Casemiro told Brazilian TV channel Globo.

Casemiro of Brazil looks on before the Copa America Brazil 2019 Group A match between Brazil and Bolivia at Morumbi Stadium on June 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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In a surprising gesture from CONMEBOL – the South American Football Confederation – in agreement with the Brazilian federal government backed by President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil was announced as the new host of the Copa America, due to health concerns and policies involving Argentina and Colombia, the original hosts of the tournament.

The change of venue for the Copa America has sparked a series of criticisms, both within the South American football community and among Brazilian personalities.

This will be the second consecutive time that the tournament has been held in Brazil, which has lost more than 465,000 lives to the novel coronavirus, more than any other country except the United States.

Brazil recorded 1,682 deaths from Covid-19 and 83,391 new cases on Thursday, according to data released by the country’s health ministry.

Brazil's players pose for an official photo ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.

FIFPro, the global players’ union, have said they have “serious concerns” that the Copa America relocates with so little time to prepare and will support any players who decide they are not safe to compete. .

“The latest plan to organize – within an extremely short time frame – for hundreds of footballers to participate in a tournament of such complexity leaves open uncertainty for all of them and their families,” FIFPro said in a statement. communicated.

“As with previous national team competitions during the COVID-19 emergency, players must be able to prioritize their health and that of their families without the risk of penalties.”

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