“We are a closed group, but with different ideas. For various reasons, be it humanitarian or professional reasons, we are dissatisfied with the implementation of the Copa America of CONMEBOL [South America’s Football Confederation] whether it was later hosted in Chile or even in Brazil, “says the unsigned document.
“All recent facts lead us to believe in an inadequate process in its implementation.”
The team emphasized, however, that “at no time” did they want to “turn this into a political discussion”.
“We are against organizing the Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian team,” the statement concluded.
According to Brazilian press reports, the players were concerned about possible retaliation from CONMEBOL and the managers and leaders of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) in response to the letter.
The location of the Copa America has generated criticism from both the South American football community and the Brazilian public.
Concerns have been raised in Brazil about how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The KBF is currently confronted with management problems, as President Rogerio Caboclo was temporarily removed from office on Sunday after allegations of sexual harassment by a federal employee.
Brazilian press reports indicate that players and staff were unhappy with the way Caboclo handled the Copa America issue, adding that his removal helped calm the dressing room.
Coach Adenor Bachi Tite denied he would resign if Caboclo stayed in office in a press conference early Wednesday shortly after the public letter was published.
“I thought about working. I’m not a hypocrite. I’m not alienated and I know things happen. But I know how to prioritize,” Tite said.
The 2020 edition of the Copa America has been postponed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga on Tuesday defended the government’s decision to host the Copa America tournament, saying: “There is no evidence that [Copa America] increases the level of Covid-19 contamination in athletes. ”
Queiroga made the comments when he testified in a Senate investigation into the Brazilian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The minister argued that the last edition of the Brazilian soccer championship, which ended in February of this year, took place without major problems, claiming that only one case of Covid-19 was related to the competition.
However, in a report released in March, the CBF said the championship resulted in hundreds of cases among football players in Brazil.