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Coach Luxemburgo covers his mouth with tape to protest

April 3, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazil and Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo covered his mouth with tape in front of journalists to protest against the Rio de Janeiro state football federation.

The Flamengo coach was complaining about a sports tribunal ruling that suspended him for two matches because he criticized the federation’s decision to limit team squads in the regional tournament, preventing the top clubs from testing young players ahead of the Brazilian league.

In a news conference on Friday, Luxemburgo made a brief speech denouncing the suspension and defending his rights, then put on the tape over his mouth and left briskly, without taking questions.

Luxemburgo said he will not back down against the federation, but won’t speak again until he has his rights back.

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