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Brazil coach Tite omits ‘unvaccinated’ Lodi from World Cup qualifiers

BRASILIA: Brazil coach Tite has left out defender Renan Lodi for their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay because the Atletico Madrid has not had a full course of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Renan Lodi was excluded from the possibility of being called up due to his non-vaccination,” Tite, who recalled Dani Alves and Philippe Coutinho, told reporters on Thursday. “He missed the chance to compete (for a place).”

National teams coordinator Juninho Paulista said the defender got his first vaccine on Jan. 10 and so would not be allowed into Ecuador, who Brazil play on Jan. 27 before facing Paraguay at home five days later.

Ecuador requires those entering the country to be fully vaccinated, he said.

Tite said he did not agree with those who are reluctant to take the vaccine in the midst of the pandemic.

“I personally believe that vaccination is a social responsibility, it’s both mine and the person’s alongside me,” he said at the squad announcement in Rio.

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