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Friday, September 3, 2004
Brazil: No more let offs for 'rude' Milan. :notlist:
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Brazil branded AC Milan rude and intransigent on Thursday over the Italian Serie A club's refusal to release three players for last month's friendly with Haiti.
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira accused Milan, where veteran captain Cafu, goalkeeper Dida and midfielder Kaka play, of creating problems over the release of players since the start of the year.
The crunch came last month when Milan refused to release the trio for the game in Port-au-Prince.
The match had been arranged to promote peace between warring factions in the strife-torn Caribbean nation where Brazilian troops lead a United Nations peacekeeping force.
'The problems with Milan started with the Olympic qualifying competition, then the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Chile, followed by the friendly against France for the FIFA Centenary match, and in Barcelona (for a match against a Catalan XI),' Teixeira told reporters at Brazil's training camp.
'And now with this game against Haiti.'
He added: 'We've tried to solve everything by talking. We called them several times, but they've been very intransigent.'
'At the time of the game against Argentina, we received a rude letter from Milan, even though it was a competitive international and they were obliged to release players,' said Teixeira.
'They apologised later but it was unacceptable behaviour.'
The Haiti match, which Brazil won 6-0, took place on a date allocated by FIFA but Milan were not obliged to release the players because the game was not in their own continent.
As a reprisal, the trio were dropped from Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia because the CBF thought they had not exerted enough pressure on Milan directors.
Teixeira said the CBF had tried to co-operate with Milan in the past, excusing their players from the Copa America in July as well as some friendlies.
But he said the goodwill had run out.
'From now on, our relationship will be within the law,' he warned.
'We're going to demand that they meet all the FIFA demands. There won't be any more let-offs like the Copa America.'
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