Diego And Rafinha Refused Olympic Permission

Both players were nominated by Brazilian coach Carlos Dunga on Monday, but the Bundesliga clubs have refused to release their players for the Beijing Olympic football tournament.

The two clubs have repeated previous statements that the players will not be allowed to join up with their countries and miss vital Bundesliga matches at the start of the season.

Midfielder Diego and full back Rafinha had both previously admitted that they would dearly love to represent their country in China this summer.

Despite their refusal to allow Diego to join the squad, Werder do not expect any sanctions to follow from Fifa as a result.

“It's clear that if we don't release Diego, we won't face any sanctions” Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs Allofs said.

A number of top Bundesliga clubs have been trying to persuade their players not to take up the opportunity of playing in the Olympics with Bayern Munich amongst them. Last season’s double winners refused to allow Martin Demichelis, Lucio and Mark van Bommel to represent their respective nations.

They have however granted permission for younger squad players such as Breno and Jose Ernesto Sosa to join up.

“Naturally it's not good to miss part of the preparations for the start of the Bundesliga season" Sosa said.

“But for us Argentines, it's unbelievably important to play for our country.”

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Ribas da Cunha Diego  "Diego" Werder Bremen

Name: Ribas da Cunha Diego
Date of Birth: 28/02/1985
Place of Birth: Ribeirao Preto
Nationality: Brazil
Height: 170 cm.
Weight: 73 Kg.
Role: Midfielder
Jersey: 10

Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza "Rafinha" Schalke 04

Name: Marcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza (Rafinha)
Date of Birth: 07/09/1985
Nationality: Brazil
Height: 172 cm.
Weight: 66 Kg.
Role: Defender
Jersey: 18

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