The World Cup qualifier between Latin America powerhouses Brazil and Argentina was suspended on Sunday night time because the Brazilian Well being Authorities stormed onto the pitch to detain Argentina gamers Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, each from Tottenham Hotspur, for allegedly breaking Covid-19 protocols. A fourth participant, Emiliano Buendia of Aston Villa, was not included within the squad.
Earlier, the 4 Argentine gamers from the English Premier League have been ordered to quarantine by Brazil’s well being company forward of the match between the South American rivals.
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Martinez, Buendia, Lo Celso and Romero, got here to play for Argentina regardless of the Premier League not wanting gamers to be launched for worldwide obligation as a result of have to quarantine for 10 days in a resort on their return.
The 4 gamers have been nonetheless seen getting on the Argentina group bus forward of the sport. Brazil’s well being company had additionally instructed the 4 gamers to return to the “nation of origin” with out giving extra particulars.
Former Barcelona teammates – #Messi , #Neymar and #DaniAlves in an animated dialogue as #Brazil vs #Argentina is stopped. #brazilvsargentina #Bra #ARG #BRAvsArg #FIFAWCQ2022 pic.twitter.com/FmoQ0RNyCT
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Now they’ve been caught up in Brazilian quarantine restrictions.
If Argentina & gamers didn’t comply with required Brazilian well being protocols then FIFA has to award the forfeit victory to Brazil.
Por decisión del árbitro del partido, el encuentro organizado por FIFA entre Brasil y Argentina por las Eliminatorias para la Copa del Mundo queda suspendido.
— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) September 5, 2021
Above is the official assertion from the Conmebol- which reads as follows: “By resolution of the match referee, the match organized by FIFA between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup Qualifiers is suspended.”
Antonio Barra Torres, the president of Brazil’s well being company, Anvisa, stated 4 Argentina gamers might be fined and deported for allegedly not following Brazil’s COVID-19 protocols.
Brazil’s well being company stated all 4 allegedly informed immigration officers they hadn’t within the final 14 days been to the UK or anyplace else that Brazil places by itself crimson listing for COVID-19 dangers. Those that have face a 14-day quarantine in Brazil.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni stated he and his gamers have been unhappy by the flip of occasions, and that each groups would have preferred to play the sport. He and his squad are but to depart the stadium greater than two hours after the match was first interrupted.
“A match between among the greatest on the planet ends like this. I would love folks in Argentina to grasp that as a coach I’ve to maintain my gamers. If folks come and say they need to deport them, I cannot permit,” Scaloni informed channel TyC Sports activities. “We needed to play the match, so did the Brazilians.” Brazil’s soccer confederation interim president Ednaldo Rodrigues stated he discovered the choice of the well being company to be “unusual.” “At no second was the Brazilian soccer confederation in favor of this,” he informed TV Globo.
(With AP inputs)