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Brazil Coach Tite Omits Defender Renan Lodi for Not Being Fully Vaccinated

Renan Lodi performs for Atletico Madrid in Spain (Twitter)

Tite stated he didn’t agree with those that are reluctant to take the vaccine within the midst of the pandemic.

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  • Last Updated:January 14, 2022, 00:21 IST
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Brazil coach Tite has overlooked Renan Lodi for his or her upcoming World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Ecuador and Paraguay as a result of the Atletico Madrid full again has not had a full course of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Renan Lodi was excluded from the possibility of being called up due to his non-vaccination,” Tite, who recalled Dani Alves and Philippe Coutinho, instructed reporters on Thursday. “He missed the prospect to compete (for a spot).”

National groups coordinator Juninho Paulista stated the defender bought his first vaccine on Jan. 10 and so wouldn’t be allowed into Ecuador, who Brazil play on Jan. 27 earlier than dealing with Paraguay at residence 5 days later.

Ecuador requires these coming into the nation to be totally vaccinated, he stated.

Tite stated he didn’t agree with those that are reluctant to take the vaccine within the midst of the pandemic.

“I personally consider that vaccination is a social accountability, it’s each mine and the particular person’s alongside me,” he stated on the squad announcement in Rio.

Renan Lodi is presently in Saudi Arabia the place Atletico Madrid will play Athletic Bilbao in a while Thursday within the second semi-final of the revamped Spanish Super Cup.

Brazil have already certified for the Qatar World Cup and sit prime of the 10-team South American group with 5 matches remaining.

Neymar was additionally overlooked on account of an ankle harm however Alves, who returned to aggressive soccer with Barcelona final week, returns for the primary time since leaving Sao Paulo in September final yr.

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