Flamengo refuses meeting with clubs in the CBF to discuss the fans’ return to the stadiums – Prime Time Zone

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In a statement, the Carioca association bases its argument with a decision of the Supreme Court of Sports Justice (STJD), which allowed the presence of fans in squares where the public was released

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

O Flamengo issued a statement on the morning of Wednesday, 8, informing that it will not participate in the meeting of the CBF Technical Council, scheduled for today, where representatives of all clubs in the Series A of the Brazilian Championship will discuss the return of the public to the stadiums. After the city of Rio de Janeiro authorized Rubro-Negro to count on its fans in three test events, at Maracanã, the Flemish board stated that the issue “escapes the sporting competence of the Brazilian Football Confederation“. In a statement, the Rio de Janeiro association bases its argument with a decision by the Supreme Court of Sports Justice (STJD), which released the presence of fans in squares where the public was released.

“In this context, Flamengo, although they are always happy to be with the other clubs and to be present at the CBF, as a matter of principle and legal logic, cannot accept the call made, because it understands that it would be nonsense to participate in a deliberative session on a topic that is outside the CBF’s sporting competence, is reserved for local authorities and conflicts with the decision made by the egregious STJD, in the person of its president”, says Flamengo, who will be able to count on audience in the next two matches. Grêmio, one for the Copa do Brasil and another for the Brasileirão, in addition to the game against Barcelona de Guayaquil, in the semifinal of the Libertadores da América.

Flamengo’s posture, in this way, contradicts the informal agreement made by the clubs, where everyone would have the support of their fans together. In an interview with Pan Youth Group, on August 20 this year, Jorge Pagura, medical director of the CBF, stated that the entity would not authorize this type of situation. “Let’s listen to clubs and federations. The CBF does not impose anything, and it should not be so. We are all going to talk, be it the medical commission, the commissions, the legal, the financial department… Our protocol is as follows: for example, can you do Atlético-MG vs Fluminense with release from Rio and Minas? Then it is released. If you haven’t released it in one state, we don’t do it in the other either. CBF will not work like Conmebol, where there was a first game with the public and back without. I guarantee that there won’t be”, he assured.

Check out Flamengo’s note in full:

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, taking note of its call by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to participate in a meeting of the Technical Council, today, September 8, 2021, with a single agenda to deliberate on the return of the public to the stadiums in the matches of national competitions, it comes to provide the following clarifications.

Since the public authorities allowed the return of football without an audience, Flamengo maintains, clearly and unequivocally, that it is not up to the CBF or the clubs to decide on the existence or not of audiences in the stadiums, as this is not a matter for their sporting competence.

In this sense, on September 26, 2020, Flamengo published an official note stating that, as the Superior Federal Court (STF) had already decided, it is exclusively up to the local government authorities to rule on the possibility or not of public in sporting events or another nature.

Consistent with what it has always defended, Flamengo filed an injunction before the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) in order to obtain a decision recognizing that it is not up to the CBF to interfere in the extra-field and sanitary issue, which is the resumption of public in stadiums .

The Hon. President of the STJD, Dr. Otávio Noronha, issued an injunction acknowledging that it is not up to the CBF to deal with this issue (verbis): “It is not, in principle, for the Sports Administration Entity to interfere and deny validity to the execution of the set of measures adopted by the State, for the gradual resumption of activities – including reflections on the economy – for lacking, in addition to competence, the adequate technical support and the legitimacy attributed to democratically elected rulers”.

After more than a year and a half of football without an audience, Flamengo sees the return of the public to football, authorized by the responsible government authorities, as a matter of paramount importance, both in the relationship of the clubs with their fans as well as in the financial survival of the entities sports.

It is worth mentioning that Conmebol itself has already recognized that the return of the public to the stadiums is a health issue that must follow the regulations of local governments, which is why Flamengo has already been playing with the public in Libertadores, regardless of how the other squares are in this regard. sports.

In this context, Flamengo, although they are always happy to be with the other clubs and to be present at the CBF, as a matter of principle and legal logic, cannot accept the call made, because it understands that it would be nonsense to participate in a session deliberative on an issue that escapes the sporting competence of the CBF, is reserved to the local authorities and conflicts with the decision rendered by the distinguished STJD, in the person of its president.