Brothers In Arms: Footballers in Brazil refuse to play ball in protest to the congested football calendar
Brazilian footballers protesting about playing football. Who’d have thunk it?!
Amazing scenes played out across multiple stadiums in Brazil on Wednesday night as footballers across the club divide joined forces to protest the amount of football currently in the country.
Players, fans and TV personalities, stood still with their arms crossed for several moments after the start of league matches Wednesday to protest against a congested football calendar in the country.
The protests were held with varying degrees in the different games. For example, the game between Sao Paulo and Flamengo started with players aimlessly kicking the ball back and forth as they wasted time at the start of the match, while players in the match between Criciuma and Atletico Paranaense crossed their arms and stood statuesque after the whistle was blown. The same thing happened at Coritiba v Corinthians.
The protest was part of the “Common Sense Football Club” movement; an action group set up by footballers in Brazil who believe the domestic football calendar is punishingly long and unforgiving.
Pictures and video of the protests in Brazil on Wednesday night can be seen below.