A couple of days ago, we covered the controversial situation lived by Watford owned João Pedro at Brazilian side Fluminense.
On Saturday morning, the club’s squad were cornered by a group of fans who invaded the training centre demanding better results. One of the reasons for the teenager to be a target for criticism was his presence at a music festival on Friday night.
This is a situation which might be a worry for Watford, who have a deal to sign the player in January, and have the possibility of keeping him in Brazil for longer.
Now it turns out that Fluminense beat Grêmio on Sunday, with João Pedro doing well in the match. But it didn’t stop fans raging at the squad.
Globo Esporte reports that the 18-year-old went out for dinner near the Maracanã Stadium on Sunday night, and was once again approached by fans.
It’s claimed supporters asked him to ‘run more’ and complained about his nights out. His mother, his stepfather and other people have tried to cool down the situation. After the event, the player, his family and his girlfriend’s relatives headed to a new restaurant.
Globo Esporte once again writes that João Pedro’s presence at Rock in Rio was one of the reasons fans were mad with him.
João Pedro’s staff sent Globo Esporte a statement about what happened:
“I was going to dinner with my family and my girlfriend when I decided to go in the car and get another shirt to change for the one I was wearing, which was a club one.
“When I got in the car to get my shirt, a fan came to talk to me. I asked to wait a moment that I would just pick up my shirt and come back. They accepted without problems and when I came back, one of them said ‘hey, you have to run more’. I said I’ll never stop running. Even in today’s game, after 54 minutes, I was sprinting to press the opponent defender.
“As his friends saw that he was already slightly altered through alcohol, they came close to avoid any problems. My stepfather and mother saw the conversation and went out to see what was going on. And that was all. The fans left and my family and I left for another restaurant.
“One of the things I demand most from myself is my performance in training and games. I will never do anything that could interfere with my performances. I’m not going out at night, sleeping late, let alone drinking alcohol and eating poorly. I went to Rock in Rio because it was two days before the game and there was no physical wear. But that was an isolated episode. So much so that my physical performance in today’s match was one of the best I had in the league.
“I’m 100% focused on the club, to get Fluminense out of this dangerous zone in the table, to end the year with reasons to celebrate. The fans can trust me and our entire group, who work tirelessly to bring the victories we need.”
— Brenno Beretta (@BrennoBeretta) September 28, 2019