Copa America

Vinicuis Junior blasts CONMEBOL, complains over Copa America pitches, referees, welfare

Brazil and Real Madrid star, Vinicuis Junior has criticized CONMEBOL following Brazil’s 4-1 victory over Paraguay in the Copa America group stage.

Match Highlights

Vinicius Jr. was instrumental in Brazil’s win, scoring twice, while Lucas Paqueta and Savinho added to the tally, ensuring a dominant performance against Paraguay. This victory nearly secured Brazil’s spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Vinicius Junior’s Criticism

Despite the triumph, Vinicius Jr. expressed his dissatisfaction with the conditions at Copa America:

  • Pitches and Referees: He highlighted the subpar quality of the pitches and the refereeing standards, which he believes make the tournament particularly challenging.
  • Treatment by CONMEBOL: Vinicius Jr. criticized CONMEBOL for their inadequate treatment of players, suggesting that the organization does not prioritize player welfare.
  • Player Voices: He mentioned that whenever players raise concerns, they are often told by CONMEBOL to remain silent, implying that the organization is dismissive of their complaints.

Post-Match Comments

In his post-match interview, Vinicius Jr. stated, “The Copa America is always tricky due to the pitches, the referees, and the way CONMEBOL treats us. It’s always really difficult. We have to keep working because we can only talk about it when we win. Whenever we speak up, CONMEBOL tells us we’re talking too much. That’s the truth.”

Looking Ahead

Brazil currently sits second in Group D after two matches. They have a crucial final group-stage match against Colombia. A victory in this game would see Brazil top their group, positioning them favorably for the knockout stages.

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