The Brazil national team have released a statement that explains they will compete in this summer’s Copa America, even if they have several doubts about the way the tournament has been organised.
This year’s Copa America was due to be played in Argentina and Colombia, but will now be held in Brazil despite the nation’s own struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.
“When a Brazilian is born, a fan is born,” the players’ statement started.
“For the more than 200 million fans, we write this letter to express our opinion about the Copa America outcome.
“We are a cohesive group, but we have different ideas. For many reasons, humanitarian or professional, we are not satisfied with the conduct shown by CONMEBOL ahead of this Copa America.
“All the recent events have led us to believe that there has been an inadequate process.
“At no point did we want to make this a political discussion. We’re aware of the importance of our position and we follow what is published by the media and what is on social media. We also try to prevent fake news from coming out with our names or with untrue facts.
“Finally, remember that we are workers and professional football players. We have a mission to achieve and we’ll set out to achieve it while wearing the historic yellow and green jersey of the five-time world champions. We’re against the way this Copa America has been organised, but we will never say no to the Brazilian national team.”