Brazil turn down friendly invitation

Brazil have turned down Chelsea’s invitation to face them in a November friendly match to celebrate the club’s centenary.

Roman Abramovich is reported to have offered the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) £1m to come to Stamford Bridge.

Centenary game with Brazil beaten by World Cup · Update

Chelsea has unfortunately had to pull out of a proposed match against World Cup holders Brazil.

An unprecedented deal was agreed with the five times World Cup winners to play in a Centenary celebration friendly on November 16th.

But the spectacular event had to be called off because of ongoing uncertainty about the availability of Chelsea players due to their possible involvement in World Cup play-offs that week.

A Chelsea statement said: “There was a deal agreed between both parties for this very prestigious match in order to celebrate our Centenary.

“That deal was always conditional on Chelsea being able to field a competitive team for the game but, unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of various countries playing in potential World Cup play-offs we were not able to guarantee that team.

“There was always a time limit to confirm the game and we were unable to meet that due to these circumstances.”?

Source: Official Chelsea FC Website