EVERYONE is against it! Brazil captain Casemiro says whole squad and coach Tite oppose staging Copa America on home soil amid worsening Covid-19 crisis… just days after Real Madrid star was BLOCKED by Brazilian FA from speaking about the issue
- The Copa America, which starts on June 13, was relocated to Brazil last week
- Argentina gave up hosting the tournament because of rising Covid-19 cases
- But the situation is worsening in Brazil too, where over 470,000 have died
- Brazil’s squad and coach Tite have made their objections known to country’s FA
- Real Madrid’s Casemiro made clear the whole team are against hosting it
- Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 to continue perfect start to World Cup 2022 qualifying
Casemiro has escalated his row with the Brazilian football authorities over staging this month’s Copa America in the country amid a worsening Covid-19 crisis.
The Brazil captain said the entire squad, plus manager Tite, was in opposition to hosting the tournament on home soil after it was relocated at short notice from Argentina.
Reports last week told of how the Brazil squad were stunned at the news and senior players had a furious row with federation president Rogerio Caboclo.
Casemiro says all of the Brazil squad 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
The players, especially those travelling from overseas, will be exposed to the coronavirus crisis and feel it is insensitive playing in the tournament when over 470,000 people have died in the country.
There have been almost 17 million known Covid cases in Brazil with some 95,601 new cases recorded on Tuesday.
Casemiro was blocked by the federation from airing grievances at a press conference on Thursday but had his say after Friday night’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador.
The Real Madrid defensive midfielder said: ‘Everyone knows our position on the Copa America in Brazil. It could not be clearer.
Brazil coach Tite also made his opposition to staging the tournament clear to the country’s FA
The Brazil team are putting on a united front over the issue amid concerns over Covid cases
‘We want to express our opinion more after the game 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 to get underway on June 13 when Brazil play Venezuela in Brasilia.
The competition, already postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, was originally set to be hosted by Colombia.
They were forced to withdraw because of social unrest and Argentina last week declined to stage the 10-team event because of a third wave of the pandemic there.
Neymar (right) dances with Lucas Paqueta after scoring Brazil’s second goal against Ecuador
Everton’s Richarlison (left) broke the deadlock against Ecuador during the second-half
If Brazil’s players hold their tongues until after the Paraguay game, there will be just five days for confederation CONMEBOL to respond.
Coach Tite came under pressure after speaking out against hosting the tournament before the game with Ecuador, which Brazil won thanks to goals from Richarlison and Neymar.
Tite had been involved in the discussions with Caboclo and said he was ‘at peace with himself’ in the pre-match press conference. He added: ‘My adversities are very little in comparison with other people.’
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have called for Tite to resign but there was visible support from the Brazil players for their coach after their goals.
The Brazilian president has defied social distancing policies, saying lockdown measures kill more than the virus.