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Lucas Paquetá, 26-year-old West Ham player, chose to remain silent in the face of questions surrounding his current situation in England.

During a press conference held in Orlando, in the United States, where the Brazilian team is concentrated for two friendlies and the Copa América, Paquetá, before answering any questions, made a brief statement.

My lawyers have advised me not to comment on the case. I am cooperating and confident that my defense will be carried out adequately“, said the player. However, Paquetá denied any irregularities in his conduct on the field.

The accusations made by the English Football Association (FA) date back to the 23rd and involve four violations of betting rules in the English Championship, specifically related to the player’s behavior in three matches.

Paquetá, in turn, had previously spoken out about the case, refuting any involvement in irregular activities.

FA suspicion against Lucas Paquetá

The FA’s suspicion is based on Rule E5.1, and revolves around the athlete’s conduct in matches where he received a yellow card. The player, in turn, reiterated his innocence regarding these accusations.

Despite speculation about his participation in the Copa América, which the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) considered removing him from the squad, Paquetá preferred to remain focused on the present and on his performance during the season for West Ham.

When asked about the investigation surrounding betting, the player preferred not to comment. Thus, limiting himself to commenting on his work with coach Dorival Júnior.

The player ended the press conference, thanking his family for their support and highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, Paquetá demonstrated confidence in his abilities and in his relationship with the coach.

With expectations of being a starter in the next friendlies and the debut of the Copa América, the player prefers to focus on the field and leave off-field issues for his legal team to resolve.

However, he risks being banned from English football if found guilty.