Flamengo director denies intention of ‘taking advantage’ with the return of the public and criticizes rivals – Prime Time Zone

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Rodrigo Dunshee de Abranches celebrated the fact that the Flamengo fans can meet the team at Maracanã, this Wednesday, 15th, in the duel against Grêmio, valid for the round of the quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil

FREDERICO BRASIL/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTFlamengo fans at Mané Garrincha, in Brasília, watching the match against Defensa y Justicia

General and Legal Vice President of the Flamengo, Rodrigo Dunshee de Abranches celebrated the club’s victory in the Supreme Court of Sports Justice (STJD), that denied the request of 17 clubs from Serie A of the Brazilian Championship to revoke the injunction that allowed the presence of the public in the games. On social networks, the leader celebrated the fact that the Flamengo fans can meet the team at Maracanã, this Wednesday, 15th, in the duel against the Guild, valid for the round of the quarterfinals of the Brazil’s Cup. On his Twitter, however, he denied that Rubro-Negro is looking to “take advantage” and criticized rivals who “are working against” the return of fans to the stadiums.

“As you know, there will be a game today. Our intention has always been for a higher ideal and not to gain an advantage. The ideal is the reunion of football with its raison d’être: the crowd. It really saddens me to see that there are people working against it, either for the fans or for the clubs’ finances”, wrote Rodrigo Dunshee. In addition to this duel, thanks to the preliminary injunction to the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, Rubro-Negro will be able to count on the support of its fans also in the confrontation against Tricolor Gaúcho, next Sunday, 19, for the brazilian, and in the semifinal of the liberators, in front of the Barcelona of Guayaquil, the other Wednesday, 22.

Behind the scenes, the 19 elite Brazilian Championship clubs are threatening to stop the competition, postponing the 21st round, scheduled to take place next weekend. In a letter that should be sent this Wednesday, the associations must remember the agreement made together with the CBF to remember that the fans’ return would only be allowed if everyone accepted. In São Paulo, for example, Governor João Doria (PSDB) scheduled the public to return to the stadiums only in November. At the last meeting, the representatives condemned Flamengo’s action. “The clubs unanimously stated that they will plead with the CBF to suspend competition rounds in which clubs signal with the use of an injunction to have audiences in the stadium. CBF will review the matter legally, as it interferes in the sphere of rights of third-party purchasers of commercial properties in the competition”, says a statement issued in conjunction with the CBF.