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Brazil-Argentina match suspended for a well being imbroglio

A much-anticipated match between Brazil and Argentina was interrupted on Sunday after 5 minutes because of well being restrictions towards the Covid-19. Federal law enforcement officials intervened on the pitch after 4 Argentinian gamers had missed their quarantine interval again from England. Lionel Messi and Neymar have been indignant.

The reunion between Lionel Messi and Neymar with their choices got here to an finish. The Brazil-Argentina match, which was to happen Sunday, September 5 in Sao Paulo, was stopped following intervention by Brazilian well being authorities. 4 Argentinian gamers taking part in in England have been accused of violating the nation’s anti-Covid protocols.

Fifa confirmed in a press release that this qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup had been “suspended by choice of the referee”, with out specifying whether or not or not it will likely be postponed to a later date.

The kickoff had been given barely 5 minutes when the surreal scene occurred: representatives of the Anvisa well being company and the federal police entered the sphere to finish the assembly, within the confusion probably the most whole.

The Argentines tried to parley, however finally returned to the locker room, the place they stayed for greater than three hours, earlier than lastly leaving the stadium, an hour after the Brazilian delegation.

Gamers accused of mendacity on their entry type to Brazil

The Albiceleste gamers then took off from Sao Paulo airport for Buenos Aires shortly after midnight, earlier than heading instantly by coach to their typical base camp.

“We have been right here for 3 days, why aren’t they [les agents de l’Anvisa] not come earlier than? “, requested Messi, alongside Neymar and the coaches of the 2 groups, in a video from the Argentinian channel TyC.

“At no time have been we knowledgeable that [les quatre joueurs] couldn’t play the sport. We wished to play, and the Brazilians too, “Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni mentioned on the Argentinian federation’s Twitter account.


A number of hours earlier than the kick-off, Anvisa had but introduced in a press release that it had advisable to the native authorities of the State of Sao Paulo that the 4 footballers be “instantly positioned in quarantine” for having supplied “false info” within the entry type to Brazil.

Based on the well being company, Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) and Cristian Romero (Tottenham) have didn’t report that they’d stayed in the UK for the final fourteen days previous their arrival. The president of the AFA, for his half, denied any “lie” on the a part of the gamers.

A ministerial order dated June 23 prohibits entry into Brazilian territory to any international individual from the UK, India or South Africa, to forestall the unfold of variants of Covid-19.

The Anvisa press launch reported a “critical well being threat”, prohibiting gamers from “collaborating in any exercise and remaining on Brazilian territory”. Brazil is the second nation on this planet most bereaved by Covid-19, with greater than 580,000 useless.

The 4 Argentines made the journey regardless of the veto of the English golf equipment

Regardless of this choice, three of the 4 gamers in query (Lo Celso, Martinez and Romero) had been aligned within the eleven of the Albiceleste and had began the match.

“We bought to this case as a result of every part that Anvisa had advisable from the beginning was not adopted. [Les joueurs] had been ordered to stay remoted pending their expulsion (from the nation), however they went to the stadium and entered the sphere, “the director of the well being company, Antonio Barra Torres, instructed the channel. TV Globo.

In contrast to the 9 Brazilians within the Premier League summoned by coach Tite, the 4 Argentines made the journey regardless of the veto of English golf equipment, who banned their South American gamers from collaborating in these worldwide matches to keep away from a quarantine on their return.

The wait was huge for this shock. It was the revenge of the Copa América ultimate, which noticed Argentinian famous person Lionel Messi win his first worldwide title due to a 1-Zero victory over the Seleçao on July 10 on the Maracana. This assembly was to oppose Messi and Neymar, teammates at PSG since this summer season after taking part in collectively for 4 years at FC Barcelona (2013-2017).

This duel on the prime was to oppose the 2 leaders of those South American {qualifications}, the Brazilians prancing within the lead with 21 factors and 7 wins in seven matches, adopted by the Albiceleste (15 factors).

With AFP

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