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Brazil-based footballers in the top two divisions are set to take action this week to demand a greater say in decisions over the domestic calendar, pressure group Common Sense FC has announced.

Brazil-based footballers in the top two divisions are set to take action this week to demand a greater say in decisions over the domestic calendar, pressure group Common Sense FC has announced.

The unspecified action will take place before games this midweek. According to Reuters, players linked arms in solidarity before kick-offs in previous weeks to mark their protests. The footballers have called for fewer games and a longer pre-season, but with first, second and third division games halted for a month for the 2014 World Cup, clubs have been asked to play more matches in midweek to compensate.

“Common Sense will take action at the next round of games to demonstrate our dissatisfaction and concern with the CBF’s lack of interest in creating a more balanced and fair season for Brazilian football,” the group said. “The (Brazilian Football Confederation) needs to commit to proposals, improvement and actions for all Brazilian clubs. Our protests will increase every week until we get an official answer.”

The players have called for a shorter season as well as the introduction of financial fair play rules and greater representation on decision-making bodies such as clubs and federations. More than a dozen past and present Brazil internationals are involved in the group.

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