Grêmio coach lamented the fact that Brazil was at the worst moment of the pandemic, but declared that the ‘country cannot stop’
The coach Lisca, of América-MG, vented on the night of last Wednesday, 3, when asking for Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) interrupt the Copa do Brasil due to the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country – yesterday, the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS), registered 1,910 deaths from the disease in just 24 hours, a record number so far. Asked about the topic, Renato Gaúcho, commander of Guild, even regretted the critical moment, but disagreed with his professional companion and classified football as the “safest” environment.
“I love Lisca and everyone has their own opinion. But football is the safest place, not 100%. But we are doing the people, in quotes, a favor. We are working, but the moment we play we help the fans to stay at home. It does not mean that we are 100% guaranteed. You can’t stop everything in the country. In a little while, the person stays at home, but may die of hunger. Is it difficult, is it difficult? Each one has an opinion ”, commented Renato, in a press conference, after Grêmio’s 4-1 victory over Brasil de Pelotas, for the Campeonato Gaúcho.
“It is a delicate situation, right? Very delicate. This variant is everywhere. On the one hand, many people who work and have closed shops criticize that football is going on. One thing is that football keeps people at home, that’s a positive fact. And those who work in football are trained, at least most of the time. Football, for those who don’t know, tests us every three days. Often, every other day. The moment someone has symptoms of Covid, they are separated and sent home. Grêmio’s medical department is very good and has been very careful. Many people may say that we are many, in the same place, but all of these people are negative. And they are not just players, but all employees. Nobody gets close to the group of players because the security guards won’t let them. Precisely for someone out there not to bring here. It is bad, it is bad what the world is going through ”, he added.
The debate takes place amid the worst moment of the pandemic in the country. In addition to the frightening numbers, Brazil is also experiencing a collapse in the health system, both public and private. In Rio Grande do Sul, according to government data, the occupancy of the ICU beds is already at maximum capacity.