2022 World Cup qualifiers, Brazil and Argentina, suspended: anti-Covid rules are not respected

The Brazilian health authorities suspended the match in the 6′ of the first half due to the presence of 4 Argentine players, who play in the Premier League, who arrived from England but did not respect the quarantine stipulated in the country’s anti-coronavirus regulations. A country in South America. After nearly an hour of interruption, the race has been permanently suspended

The spread of chaos in Sao Paulo: During the holding of the Brazil-Argentina match, valid for the world qualifiers in South America, the Brazilian health authorities suspended the match due to the presence of 4 Argentine players, who were playing in the English Premier League. from England but they did not respect the quarantine stipulated in the anti-Covid regulations in the South American country. After nearly an hour outage, the race has been permanently suspended (COVID: LIVE Updates – SPECIAL).

Brazil and Argentina, what happened

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All of this happened in the 6′ of the first half. Officials from Brazil’s National Health Monitoring Agency (Anvisa) and health police officers entered the stadium at the Neo Quimica Arena in Sao Paulo and stopped the match. Reason? In Argentina there are four footballers who passed through England (Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Christian Romero) and therefore, according to the laws in force in Brazil, it was not possible to enter the country without observing the forty period. Now they can be arrested.

Chaos in Sao Paulo

Staff of the Argentine Embassy in Brazil rushed to the stadium to try to resolve this sensitive issue. Confusion on the pitch with Messi and Argentine coach Scaloni demanding explanations and asking: “Why didn’t you stop them first? Why did you wait for us to take the field?”. Anvisa’s general manager, Antonio Barra Toure, tried to explain the situation to TV Globo microphones.” These are these four players – said the director of the National Health Agency -: When they arrived in our country, they made a declaration not to declare that they were, or have been in the past fifteen days , in one of the three countries where there are restrictions here, to contain the epidemic. One of those three countries is the United Kingdom, and we were sure yesterday that it was there. We have come to this point because nothing in the rules has been respected. They should have been isolated. To avoid ‘deportation’, but they did nothing, they even went to the stadium to play, entered the stadium, and there was a series of violations of the rules.”

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The game is permanently suspended

After nearly an hour of interruption and after consultations between FIFA and local health authorities, the match was permanently suspended. CONMEBOL explained that “due to the referee’s decision, the Brazil-Argentina match has been suspended. The referee and the match commissioner will send a report to FIFA, which will determine the decisions that will be taken. This is a procedure that literally follows the established rules. “After the final suspension of the match, the Brazilian players played a” kick ” On the Corinthians stadium to entertain the fans still in the stadium, while the Argentina bus immediately started running the engines waiting for the players to arrive. And before the referee’s stop, the Albiceleste players announced that they would not return to the field in any case if they did not ensure that the four of the Premier League could do so without the risk of arrest.


“What happened saddens me a lot, but I’m not looking for the culprits – Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni commented – whether something happened or not, it was not the time to intervene in this way. It should have been a party, an occasion. To see the best players in the world. I want That the Argentine people know that as a coach I have to defend my players.” According to the president of the Argentine Football Association, Carlos Tapia, “No rules were violated, because there are rules after which all South American championships are played that have been approved by the health authorities of all participating countries.” However, several Brazilian media pointed out that upon entering Brazil, Romero, Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), Buendia and Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) said they had not been to England in the past two weeks, a fact that the authorities contested. Health and the Brazilian Federal Police. “In any case, we never asked for the intervention of Anfisa or the police,” they said from the Brazilian Football Confederation. Nothing has been decided regarding the match, and it is unknown if and when it will take place.

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