A judge in Rio de Janeiro has given the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) 48 hours to explain why none of its Copa America players wear the No.24 jersey, with that number often associated with gays in the country. Defending champions Brazil have registered a full squad of players for the Copa America, but unlike the other nine teams, none received the No.24 shirt, according to the plaintiffs in the case, the Defense Group of LGBT rights Rainbow Citizens.
In illegal gambling in Brazil, number 24 is related to deer, which has homosexual overtones in Brazil. Many Brazilian players have in the past refused to wear their club number. A judge asked the CBF to explain whether the decision not to hand out a No.24 jersey was deliberate, who within the organization is responsible for choosing the numbers, and whether football’s governing bodies have guidelines on how to do it. ‘registration of player numbers.
The CBF did not respond to requests for comment.
“The struggle of the LGBTQIA + community to end discrimination against its members, with the recognition of their rights to full coexistence in society, is fully known,” said Judge Ricardo Cyfer. The Copa America started on June 13 and will end on July 10.
Meanwhile, defending champions Brazil may have the easiest path to the final of the Copa America tournament they are hosting. The hottest competition could be on the other side of the table, where rivals Argentina and Uruguay have the chance to meet in the semi-finals.
The Copa America knockout stage was finalized on Tuesday after the last two Group A matches. Argentina beat Bolivia 4-1 to ensure they finished top of the group, preparing for a game against Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
Ecuador has yet to win the tournament, but Brazil drew 1-1 on Sunday and is in third place in South America’s World Cup qualifiers.
(with contributions from the agency)