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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

CBF faces anger over fixture pile-up

Nautico president Paulo Wanderley has told the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) his club will refuse to carry out their fixtures if their congested fixture list is not altered.

Santos were beaten 8-0 at Barcelona on August 3 in a friendly that has disrupted the domestic season in Brazil.
Santos were beaten 8-0 at Barcelona on August 3 in a friendly that has disrupted the domestic season in Brazil.

Nautico -- currently at the foot of Brazil’s Serie A after taking only eight points from 13 games -- are scheduled to play Sao Paulo on September 3, Vasco da Gama on September 5 and Corinthians on September 8.

The CBF had rescheduled the fixtures after Brazilian sides had arranged friendly dates, in addition to the fact June’s Confederations Cup had forced a two-week break, but Wanderley insists that is not his problem.

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“The law requires that there is a gap of 66 hours between matches,” Wanderley said. “We will only play if this is adhered to. Nautico had nothing to do with Sao Paulo’s tour or Santos’ friendly with Barcelona.”

The anger over the fixture changes is not limited to Nautico. Internacional are set to face Corinthians, Ponte Preta, Santos and Vitoria between September 4 and 11 and the club’s executive director of football, Newton Drummond, expressed his concern.

“That Santos travel and play a friendly and Inter suffer is just not right,” he said. “We didn’t travel; we didn’t have any financial advantage. We will suffer if this schedule is confirmed. We will request a further postponement, yes.”

The CBF maintains there are no further free dates, with the season -- which began in May -- set to conclude in early December.

However, even Santos coach Claudinei Oliveira -- whose club were in part responsible for the situation due to their game at Barcelona on August 3 -- said: “I think the urgency to play these games is absurd. Legally, I think there is even a limit on the hours [between games] that has to be respected.”

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