Brazilian star midfielder Fernandinho has declined to join the national football team following threats and insults aimed at his family by fans on social media after Brazil’s exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Manchester City midfielder did not have a satisfactory campaign at the world cup and suffered the backlash in what was the ugly side of the beautiful game. Brazil coach Adenor Leonardo “Tite” Bacchi confirmed that Fernandinho has refused to join the Brazilian camp for any of the games in the future.
Fernandinho has won two premier league titles with Manchester City and is a proven and quality midfielder in his position.
Tite told Sport TV that he contacted Fernandinho after the World Cup to discuss his role on the projected roster for upcoming matches, but the 33-year-old Man City player said he had promised his family that he would not return to the national team, reports Efe news.
“The first player that I wanted to call up (after the World Cup) was Fernandinho. The number one. He’s an extraordinary player, he gives you everything he’s got,” the national team coach said.
Fernandinho, whose name is Fernando Luiz Roza, was on the field when Germany blew out Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup and had an own goal against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia last summer.
Belgium edged Brazil 2-1, eliminating the South American squad from the tournament and leaving Brazilian fans dejected.
After the World Cup, Fernandinho was criticised endlessly by fans and found himself the target, along with his family, of attacks on social media.
“I went to speak with him in person because the Brazilian team is very proud to have a player with his dignity and professionalism. I’m not dumb enough to call up a bad player. I hope he sees the light, I’m going to support him alot,” Tite said.