Brazil asks Yan Couto not to dye his hair pink

Brazil asks Yan Couto not to dye his hair pink
Brazil asks Yan Couto not to dye his hair pink

Yan Couto (22), Brazilian full-back, admits to having received the request not to wear his hair pink in the selection, as he regularly does with his club Girona.

Yan Couto (22) will attract less attention with Brazil than with Girona. The right side will not wear with the Seleçao his usual pink dye worn throughout the season with the Spanish club, where he was on loan from Manchester City. The player explains that he was instructed not to dye his hair during the selection. He complied and joined the gathering for the Copa America with a fresh cut and his natural color.

“They said the pink was a little ‘wobbly'”

“It was essentially a request,” he explains in an interview with Brazilian media UOL Esporte. “They said pink was a bit ‘wobbly’ like that. I don’t think so, but I’ll respect it, right? They asked me, I’ll do it.”

Author of a full season with Girona, very surprising third in La Liga, the defender recruited by Manchester City in 2020 (without ever having played there yet) was called up for the selection for the first time last October. He then played his first selection against Venezuela (1-1) with his pink dye. He started again during the defeat in Uruguay (2-0) a few days later. Not selected in November, he showed up in March with a much more classic haircut that he had changed two weeks before the gathering.

This is still the case during this summer before the Copa America. “I played with pink hair all season,” he said on June 4. “Actually, it was my choice, it worked, it was cool.”

“But it was more of a thing for Girona, a lot of people dyed their hair, it was a bit fashionable here.”

“With the Seleção, the cycle is over to help the national team. I’m Yan with black hair, nothing changes, it’s always the same. I’m going to try to make a Copa América to help the team.”

The CBF denies a veto

The Brazilian Confederation has denied having vetoed the hair dyeing of Seleçao players. The CBF acknowledged holding conversations about responsibility for the image of national team athletes on topics such as scheduling, food and posture during breaks, but does not confirm conversations about hair color with no players.

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