Saturday, June 16, 2007

Madrid bows to Brazil's FIFA right to call up players

After Spanish club Real Madrid apologised for not letting him train with his country, the Brazilian Football Confederation agreed to permit Robinho to play in the club's league title decider. Real will take the championship for the first time in four years if they beat mid-table Real Mallorca at home on Sunday.

"The CBF has released Robinho and Marcelo (who has been selected for the under-20 team) and they will report after Real Madrid's game on June 17," the Confederation said in a statement. "Real Madrid have recognised the rights of the confederation, backed by FIFA legislation, to call up the players and also the trouble they have caused the national team."

The Copa America, of which Brazil is the holder, starts on 26 June. The rules of world football's governing body FIFA allow national teams to call up players two weeks in advance.

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