Corinthians, leader of the 2022 Brazilian championship, announced this Friday that it will keep its social networks inactive until Monday morning in protest at the threats that some of its players have received in recent weeks.
“We cannot remain motionless any longer in the face of a context that threatens all clubs and players. It is necessary for society to reflect on what soccer it wants for itself, its families, for the present and for the future,” said the president of the São Paulo club, Duilio Monteiro Alves, quoted in a statement.
The ‘Timão’, one of the big teams in Brazil, will not make “any publication” in its various official accounts, in which it has more than 26 million followers, nor will it make any “communication action” as a club until Monday.
The blackout, which began this Friday morning, protests against “toxic”, “hate” and “fake news” speeches that have put players and cast workers at “physical risk and psychological trauma”, as well as their families.
Captain Cássio, defender Gil, World Cup winger Willian and former Barcelona midfielder Paulinho have been the targets of threats from team fans in recent weeks.
The experienced soccer players or their relatives received intimidating messages, some with photographs of firearms and ammunition.
The attacks occurred in the midst of a weak performance by the eleven led by the Portuguese Vítor Pereira in the state championship (eliminated in the semifinals by Sao Paulo) and at the start of the Copa Libertadores.
Corinthians leads the Brasileirao with a perfect score after two dates, although it is bottom of Group E of the Libertadores with three points in two games.
This Saturday he will play the São Paulo derby against Palmeiras for the third day of the league. (D)