In recent days, a photo of a man paying some kind of tribute has been published on the site of the remains of Fidel Castro (died in 2016). The publications claim to be Tite, the coach of the Brazilian men’s soccer team. In the photo, a man with white hair and a mask extends his hand over a banner with the Cuban dictator’s name written on it.
The post is accompanied by a small comment: “Coach Tite of the Brazilian national team at the grave of communist dictator Fidel Castro, do you understand the seal now?”. The message with the stamp “Tagged multiple times” appears on Whatsapp.
Despite the similarity between the man in the photo and the coach of the national team, this is not Tite. In fact, the widely circulated photo is of the Cuban President and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Miguel Diaz-Canel. To illustrate the error, MonitoR7 has put together pictures of two of the masks.
In this first photo, the coach of the Brazilian national team, Tite, at a press conference.
In this other photo is Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuban President.
According to local newspapers, Díaz-Canel visited Fidel’s grave on the last Friday of October 29. The memorial to the ashes of the dictator is located in Santiago de Cuba, in the Santa Iphigenia Heritage Cemetery. The president’s party itself made a video recording the moment of the tribute. Watch:
On the same Friday, October 29, Tite held a press conference to announce that players had been called up for the matches against Colombia and Argentina. The announcement was made in Rio de Janeiro, where the Brazilian national team is usually called up.
Therefore, it is wrong for the coach of the Brazilian national team, Tite, to praise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The photo circulating on social media does not show the coach, but the current president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel. On the day of honor, the Brazil football coach was working with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
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