Under pressure from Zenit, the Brazilian team frees Clauidinho and Malcom | Football | sports

Brazilians add these two casualties to another nine of players who are active in the Premier League, who with their clubs decided not to give up footballers from South America


Selection of Brazil will lose Claudinho and attacker Malcom at the wheel for the triple round of the South American World Cup because his club, the Zenit, pressured them to return immediately to Russia, reported the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) this Wednesday.

“Players received constant communications from their club, the Zenit of Saint Petersburg, forcing them to return to Russia this Wednesday, “said the CBF. in a newsletter, not to mention the reasons put forward by the Russian club, which will debut in the Champions League on September 14 against Chelsea.

The Brazilian team, which travels to Chile on Wednesday, assured that it explained to the players that they could not suffer “any of the sanctions with which the team threatened them.”

Nevertheless, “They both decided” to return to Russia, he added., without specifying when they will join your club.

The CBF maintained that it sent a formal claim to FIFA so that “all applicable sanctions be imposed on Zenit” in accordance with the regulations of the governing body of world football.

The Casualties of the pair of champions at the Tokyo Olympics add to the absences of nine Brazilians who play in the English league called up by Tite, including captain Thiago Silva, goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson, and attackers Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.

The Premier League prevented some players from joining their national teams Because, upon returning, they will have to comply with the quarantine that the United Kingdom requires of those from South America due to the pandemic, which would deprive them of playing several games.

The Brazil manager then called in nine other players, including Malcom and Matheus Nunes, to replace the England players.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder did not join the concentration in Sao Paulo because he does not have the full vaccination scheme, which forces him to be isolated on his return, according to the CBF.

But Brazilian and Portuguese media assure that he did not travel because he decided to play with the Portugal team instead of Brazil.

Finally, the Seleçao travels to Santiago with 22 footballers, including Neymar, Casemiro and Marquinhos.

Solitary leader of the South American World Cup with perfect score in six starts, Brazil will face Chile on Thursday, to Argentina on Sunday in Sao Paulo and to Peru in Recife on Thursday of next week. (D)