CBF faces backlash over Brasileirão fixture pile-up
Náutico president Paulo Wanderley has told the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) his club will refuse to carry out their matches if their congested fixture list is not altered.
The club, who are currently bottom of the Brasileirão after taking just eight points from 13 games, are scheduled to play São Paulo, Vasco da Gama and Corinthians in the space of five days.
It comes after the CBF had rescheduled the fixtures due to friendly dates and the fact June’s Confederations Cup had forced a two-week break.
"The law requires that there is a gap of 66 hours between matches," Wanderley said, as reported on ESPN.
"We will only play if this is adhered to. Náutico had nothing to do with São Paulo’s tour or Santos’ friendly with Barcelona."
Meanwhile, Internacional are set to face Corinthians, Ponte Preta, Santos and Vitória between September 4 and 11 and the club’s executive director of football, Newton Drummond, also 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 2013 season set to conclude in early December.