Bad times for Flamengo. After reaching the summit of the table, they have now gone six games without winning. And on Sunday they lost 3-1 at home to lowly Bahia (Ronaldinho missed that one as was in London with the seleÃ§Ã£o). But it was what happened before that match that seems to have spoiled the mood at Flamengo.
On Saturday morning, Vanderley Luxemburgo brought his squad in for a team talk. As he was about to start his speech, one of the players let out a loud fart much to the amusement of the others. Luxemburgo didnâ€™t see the funny side. â€œThat is a lack of respectâ€, he shouted before promptly leaving the room. He told the players that he would not train them or talk to them until the guilty party owned up. The guilty party didnâ€™t own up and the coach didnâ€™t take the Saturday training session.
At first the players thought he was joking. But they soon realized he was serious and â€œreally pissed offâ€ according to some of those present. One player said the whole situation was like being back at school again. Is it all a lot of hot air about nothing? You would think so but the team went on to lose at home to Bahia 3-1 the next day. Things wonâ€™t get an easier either with a trip to league leaders Corinthians on Thursday night.