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Brazil Players Slam CONMEBOL For Changing Copa America Hosts

The Brazil squad has hit out at the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for switching the location for the Copa America.

Read: Brazil Players Plan To Boycott Copa America

The defending champions were reportedly ready to boycott the tournament after the decision was made to take the showpiece to Brazil due to high COVID-19 rates in Argentina and Colombia.

Tite's charges have released a statement expressing their displeasure with the decision, but have confirmed they will participate.

"When a Brazilian is born, a fan is born and for more than 200 million fans we write this letter to express our opinion about the Copa America outcome," the players' statement read.

"We are a cohesive group, but with different ideas. For many reasons, humanitarian or professional, we are not satisfied with the conduct shown by CONMEBOL relating to Copa America.

"All recent facts lead us to believe there has been an inadequate process.

"It is important to emphasise that at no time did we want to make this a political discussion. We are aware of the importance of our position – we follow what is published by the media, we are present on social media. We also try to avoid false news bearing our names being circulated without the true facts.

"Finally, we remember that we are workers, soccer professionals. We have a mission to achieve wearing the historic yellow and green jersey of the five-time world champions.

"We are against the organisation of Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian national team."

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