- According to reports, many in the squad have concerns about contracting the virus.
The 2021 Copa America is once again under scrutiny after it was reported that several players from Brazil’s camp are considering whether to compete in the competition, EKO HOT BLOG gathered.
Brazilian players who play their club football in Europe are unsure whether to compete in the Copa America following their country’s poor handling of the COVID-19 situation in the country.
Brazil is the third most affected country in the world and have more than 16 million COVID-19 cases so far.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Brazil’s World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador, coach Tite confirmed that the players have spoken with Brazil’s football federation about pulling out of the tournament. Tite said:
“We asked the players to work focused solely on preparing for the game against Ecuador. They accepted this request and asked us for a conversation with the president to tell him what their opinion is, because all the players are very clear about what they want. They spoke directly with the president and the coaching staff.”
“We want to tell the fans what they think, but not now so that we can prioritize playing well and winning the game against Ecuador. This is our goal and at the end of these FIFA matches, we will tell everyone to clarify our thoughts. You have my commitment that, at the end of these games, we will tell publicly what the position is,” added Tite.
Tite also revealed that the non-playing staff would confirm their decision once Brazil have played their qualifying matches.
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