Brazil manager Tite fined for criticizing struggling Copa America

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Brazilian coach Tite stands on the pitch before a Copa America soccer match against Colombia at Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday, June 23

CONMEBOL fined Brazilian coach Tite $ 5,000 on Thursday for criticizing the organization of the Copa America.

The sanction came less than a week after a Bolivian player was also sanctioned for attacking the tournament, which takes place amid a growing COVID-19 pandemic in the region following the withdrawal of the two original hosts , Colombia and Argentina.

Tite told a press conference on June 12 that the Copa America had moved to his country in a “puzzling way”.

The Brazilian Football Confederation cannot appeal the ruling against Tite, CONMEBOL said.

Eduardo Gross Brown, the chairman of the CONMEBOL disciplinary commission, added that Tite could face further sanctions if he criticizes the tournament organizers again.

Tite criticized the organization on Wednesday after Brazil’s 2-1 last-minute victory over Colombia in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’m not going to call this pitch horrible, but it’s very bad to play football, it affects the whole show. Those who want to create just can’t, ”he said. “The time to do that (Copa America) was too short. It is unacceptable that players from two top-level teams, who play with a big pitch in Europe, come here to play on a pitch like this.

The Brazilian players have reportedly threatened to boycott the Copa America until just days before starting their title defense on June 13. They issued a letter before the tournament saying they were “against the organization” of the competition, but “will never say no to the nation’s team.” Tite has publicly stated that he and his assistants agree.

On June 18, CONMEBOL fined Bolivian striker Marcelo Martins $ 20,000 for blaming the football body for the increase in COVID-19 cases at the Copa America. Martins was also suspended for one game, which he would not have played anyway as he was in quarantine after contracting the virus.

Five of the 10 Copa America teams have reported cases of COVID-19: Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

Nearly 510,000 people are believed to have died from the disease in Brazil.


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