Brazil’s problems are far deeper than an early exit at Copa América

Dunga’s team are out after an awful refereeing decision. But they have failed to recover from that infamous defeat to Germany - and may not make the next World Cup

Forget about the searing injustice. Try, if you can, to eradicate the memory of one of the worst refereeing displays ever seen in a major tournament.

Yes, the hapless Uruguayan referee, Andres Cunha, dropped an almighty blunder by allowing Raúl Ruidíaz’s winning goal for Peru on Sunday night despite a clear handball. This result – and the repercussions which will be long, arduous and potentially leave people searching for new jobs following Brazil’s shock exit from the Copa América Centenario – was, however, about more than just a bad call.

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