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Fluminense reject reports Deco was forced into retirement


Fluminense have rejected suggestions that former midfielder Deco was pushed into retirement and says it was the player's own personal decision.

Vice President Sandro Lima said the club had no influence on the decision, and paid tribute to the Brazilian.

"It was a personal decision," Lima said. "It’s always difficult for a player at the highest level to stop playing but we respect his decision and lament it due to everything that he has done for Fluminense.”

Deco, the former Barcelona, Porto and Chelsea midfielder, had blamed injury on his decision to retire from football at the age of 35.

"With a lot of sadness and hurt I am announcing the end of my professional career," said Deco, who has had a frustrating final season with a series of health problems for his Brazilian club Fluminense.

The announcement followed a string of injuries that reduced Deco to just five appearances in the Campeonato Brasileiro this season.

He has also been the subject of controversy after testing positive to a banned diuretic earlier this year.

Deco faces a retrial before a Rio sports tribunal next month after prosecutors appealed a 30-day ban already served by the 36-year-old.


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