Brazilian footballers ask officials to put health first
Brazilian soccer players took a rare united stance on Monday when they produced a video calling authorities to put health at the top of the agenda by deciding whether to return to action after the coronavirus pandemic.
The players also called for more dialogue on possible changes to the law that they believe would put the rights of clubs over those of players.
Brazilians love football and want it back and we love it and we want it back, the players said in a statement.
We are all to work, but we have to think about all our health.
The protected position was made in a video featuring 15 players from 10 major clubs, including Flamengo, Corinthians and Santos, and was organized by the National Federation of Professionals Athletes (FENAPAF).
It was significant because it was the first time that Brazilian footballers had shown a united front on issues of concern to them since an unofficial player-led union called Common Sense FC ceased activities in 2016.
Brazil closed its leagues in mid-March and since then all football has been suspended.
The country has registered 107,780 cases of COVID-19, with 7,321 deaths, the majority in South America .
the Sao Paulo La federación de fútbol dijo el lunes que reanudaría su campeonato estatal solo después de que el gobierno estatal sancionara the juegos y the clubes también acordaron que no comenzarían a entrenar hasta que todos the clubes estuvieran listos para regresar juntos.
the Rio de Janeiro federation has already given clubs permission to start training again but most have yet to resume activity.