Brazil captain Casemiro says the entire squad is against hosting Copa America during the Covid crisis
EVERYONE is against it! Brazil captain Casemiro says the entire squad and boss Tite are opposed to hosting Copa America on home soil amid a worsening Covid crisis… just days after the Real Madrid star was BLOCKED from talking about the matter
- The Copa America, which starts on June 13, was moved to Brazil last week
- Argentina gave up hosting the tournament due to rising Covid-19 cases
- Colombia was also removed as a co-host amid protests against their president
- But the situation is also deteriorating in Brazil, where more than 470,000 people have died
- The Brazilian squad and coach Tite have expressed their concerns to the FA . of the country
- Real Madrid’s Casemiro made it clear that the whole team is against hosting
- Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 and continue perfect start to 2022 World Cup qualification
Casemiro has escalated his feud with Brazilian football authorities over hosting this month’s Copa America in the country amid an worsening Covid-19 crisis.
The Brazil captain said the entire squad, plus manager Tite, were opposed to hosting the tournament domestically after it was moved at short notice from Argentina and Colombia.
Last week there were reports of how the Brazil side was stunned at the news and how the senior players had a furious argument with federation president Rogerio Caboclo.
Casemiro says the entire roster of Brazil and coach Tite are against hosting the Copa America
The Real Madrid man, seen in training last week, has made no secret of his objections his
The players, especially those traveling from abroad, will be exposed to the coronavirus crisis and find it insensitive to play in the tournament now that more than 470,000 people have died in the country.
There are almost 17 million Covid cases known in Brazil and about 95,601 new cases were registered on Tuesday.
Casemiro was blocked by the federation from expressing grievances at a press conference on Thursday but had his say after Friday night’s 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Ecuador.
The Real Madrid defensive midfielder said: “Everyone knows our position at the Copa América in Brazil. It couldn’t be clearer.
Brazil national coach Tite also made his objection to hosting the tournament clear to the FA . of the country
Brazil team stands united on the issue amid concerns over Covid cases
‘We want to give our opinion more after the match against Paraguay’ [on Monday].
“It’s not just me, not just the players who play in Europe. It’s everyone, including Tite. All together.’
The Copa America is scheduled for June 13, when Brazil will face Venezuela in Brasilia.
The competition, which had already been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, was originally to be hosted by Colombia and Argentina.
Colombia was forced to withdraw due to social unrest and Argentina refused to host the 10-team event last week due to a third wave of the pandemic there.
Neymar (right) dances with Lucas Paqueta after Brazil’s second goal against Ecuador
Everton’s Richarlison (left) broke the deadlock against Ecuador during the second half
If the Brazilian players keep their mouths shut until after the game in Paraguay, CONMEBOL confederation will have just five days to respond.
Coach Tite came under pressure after speaking out against hosting the tournament ahead of the game against Ecuador, which Brazil won thanks to goals from Richarlison and Neymar.
Tite had been involved in discussions with Caboclo and said he was “at peace with himself” in the pre-match press conference. He added, “My setbacks are very small compared to other people.”
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have called on Tite to resign, but there was visible support from the Brazilian players for their coach after their goals.
Brazil’s president has defied social distancing policies, saying lockdown measures are killing more than the virus.