Days after Brazil’s shocking first round exit from Copa America, reports are emerging that the soccer powerhouse may have lost intentionally as a way to avoid New Jersey.

Brazil lost to Peru 1-0 on Sunday, failing to advance from the group stage to the knockout stage, where Peru will play Columbia Friday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brazil fired its general manager and entire coaching staff today, but reports are emerging that the country’s players may have thrown the game after hearing numerous negative appraisals of New Jersey.

Brazilian players, seen here defending a free kick, reportedly allowed their team to lose so they wouldn't have to go to "the land of toll highways". (Getty)

Brazilian players, seen here defending a free kick, reportedly allowed their team to lose so they wouldn’t have to go to “the land of toll highways”. (Getty)


“They thought they’d rather go back to Brazil after hearing about the bleak, depressing panoramas, the industrial smell, the unending strip malls,” said one insider with knowledge of the players’ thinking. “The traffic-clogged turnpike.”

Reached for comment, Brazil’s soccer federation released a statement saying its players “would never intentionally lose a match just to avoid spending time in a city known for crime, pollution and political corruption.”

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