RIO DE JANEIRO: The Brazilian football confederation has reportedly sacked national team coach Fernando Diniz, the man who had been appointed on an interim basis ahead of expected arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in June.

Ancelotti has just extended his contract with Real Madrid and the CBF has decided to start again, just six months before the Copa América dispute.

Apparently the decision was taken by the president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues , just one day after having been restored to office after a legal wrangle.

Diniz , who was combining the Brazil job with his club post at Fluminense, has lasted six games. These brought victories over Bolivia and Peru, a draw with Venezuela and important defeats against Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.

New favourite is São Paulo coach Dorival Júnior.

Off the pitch Justice Minister Gilmar Mendes had ordered that Ednaldo Rodrigues be reinstated as the country’s football confederation president, overturning a ruling of the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice.

Rodrigues was removed from his post last month by the Rio de Janeiro court despite being elected to lead the CBF until 2026. The court appointed the president of the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD), Jose Perdiz, as interim head.

Mendes cited the risk of the Brazil national team being barred by FIFA from competing in the qualifying tournament for this year’s Paris Olympics unless Rodrigues was re-instated.

FIFA refuses to accept government interference in football affairs under threat of suspension from international competition.

Mendes said: “In this situation, there is a risk of imminent damage, since the registration of players from the Brazilian national team in the qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which must be completed by tomorrow (5.1.2024), would be made unfeasible.”

FIFA had already informed the Brazilian authorities that it did not recognise the interim president appointed by the court as the legitimate representative of CBF.

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