Brazil coach Tite has admitted that some members of his squad due to play in the Copa America are refusing to do so due to safety fears.
The tournament was moved to Brazil, in spite of fears about the COVID-19 situation throughout the country.
With players deeply unhappy about this decision, Brazil captain Casemiro did not appear at his scheduled press conference ahead of the World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador, before his coach explained the situation.
“The players have a very clear opinion, against the president, about playing the tournament,” Tite said.
“That is the reason for Casemiro’s absence today.”
Brazil’s first match of the Copa America is due to take place on June 27 against Ecuador, but time will tell whether the competition goes ahead, or, if it does, whether key players like Casemiro will feature.