Brazil manager Tite criticizes CONMEBOL’s to announce Brazil as the new Copa America host.
Argentina and Colombia were initially supposed to co-host Copa America in the coming summer. However, both countries were stripped off of their hosting rights due to political and coronavirus issues.
finally announced Brazil as the new host of the delayed Copa America; a country which has been hit severely by the coronavirus pandemic.
has now hit out on CONMEBOL’s decision to move the competition to Brazil, which is going through one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the world.
"I would like these problems not occurring, not only for Venezuela. The organization is wrong and this is not political, but it is a direct criticism to CONMEBOL and whoever has defined this in the CBF [Brazilian Football Confederation] that the Copa America will be here, I did not ask for this.”
"I do not have any political party and I did not have it throughout my career, I always voted for people and never for political parties. Not having political ideas, they politicized this situation, unfortunately. We chose to participate in the Copa America and be loyal, and the players and the coaching staff asked the president of the CBF before the Copa America was defined in Brazil. Before the president of the republic speaks, we told them that we would be loyal, out of respect for everything that is happening and on the one hand sentimental.
"We asked for some time before speaking publicly and the decision was already defined, this is the real thing and what I want to tell you. From that moment on we decided to express ourselves in a joint way and once it was defined we feel pride in our country, pride in representing the Brazilian national team and I am proud to be their coach, we are proud to be here. Please understand that it is not only black or white, there are also greys, there is the Brazilian national team and there is our discernment to choose to express our opinions outside of here.
"So, from the moment our opinions were contrary to the organization of the Copa America and now we have to play, there are no excuses and we are going to play. We will take care of ourselves in the best possible way and we will adjust to our responsibilities."