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Scolari officially calls up Diego Costa for two games
The Brazil coach called up the Atlético striker, and four other players, for the friendlies against Honduras and Chile in order to ensure they obtained visas for the USA and Canada.
The Brazilian Football Federation officially called up Diego Costa for Brazil’s upcoming friendlies, firstly against Honduras on 16 November, in Miami, followed by Chile on 19 November, in Toronto.
A brief communiqué was sent to the Atlético Madrid striker as well as Dani Alves (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) and Marquinhos (PSG), players that require visas to enter the USA and Canada. It was also announced that the complete request will be issued on 31 October, in Rio de Janeiro.
From this point onwards, the player will make the final decision. If he decides to play for Spain, he will have to inform FIFA in writing and clearly state that he no longer wishes to play for Brazil. Only then will Del Bosque call him up for the friendlies against Angola (15 November, in Luanda) and against South Africa (19 November, in Johannesburg). Should it be the other way around, Spain will have to renounce his involvement.
Nevertheless, if Diego Costa opts for Spain, Brazil could contest the case before the Players’ Status Committee, and, ultimately, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, which could delay matters significantly and even stop him from playing at the World Cup.
Experts from federations and clubs participating in an International Congress for Sports Rights, held in Madrid, all agreed that if the player wishes to play for Spain, he should not be impeded by any regulations.