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Tite: Fans have forced Man City ace Fernandinho to reject Brazil call

Brazil coach Tite has revealed Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has turned down a call-up over social media abuse from fans.

Speaking to Sport TV on Saturday, Tite confirmed that he had included Fernandinho in his first post-Russia squad but said the 33-year-old told him he had promised his family he would never play for his country again after being targeted by online antagonists after scoring an own goal in the 2-1 defeat against Belgium at last summer's World Cup.

“The first player I wanted to call up [after the World Cup] was Fernandinho. He was the number one. He is an extraordinary player," Tite said during the interview.

“I went to talk to him personally because the Brazil national team is very proud to have a player of his dignity and professional bearing. Hopefully it'll all blow over; I will help him as much as he needs."

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