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Copa America: Brazil Boss Tite Refutes Claims He is Under Pressure to Resign Amid Criticism

Arjun Singh Devgan
Brazil head coach Tite has denied speculation that he is under pressure to resign
Brazil head coach Tite has denied speculation that he is under pressure to resign / Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil national team head coach, Tite has refuted reports that he is under pressure to resign from his post following cricitism over whether his squad would boycott the upcoming Copa America.

Reports have emerged that a number of top Brazilian stars have been engaged in a debate whether or not they should play in South America's continental championship on home soil - though a final decision will arguably only be known until after Tuesday's World Cup qualifying game against, Paraguay.

The Copa America was shifted to Brazil after the Argentina and Colombia were dropped as co-hosts due to an increased rise in COVID-19 cases in the countries, though it has become a contentious issue for them too as Brazil are going through issues of their own.

"We reiterate our respect over the situation and for that reason, the coaching staff and players will provide their opinion. We have pride in what we do and we know the importance of the national team," Tite said when asked whether he was being pressured to resign.

"I have much respect for my job and for the Brazilian national team and we are fighting to qualify for the World Cup, and the best way to demonstrate that is do the best job possible."

There are still uncertainties regarding Brazil hosting the tournament considering that the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes recently stated that a potential increase in COVID-19 cases in the city, could force them to cancel their allocation of the upcoming Copa America games.