Brazil-Argentina interrupted by the Health Watch Agency

Ubuesque situation in Sao Paulo.

The match between Brazil and Argentina, counting for the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup, was interrupted after only a few minutes, this Sunday evening, after the intervention of an agent of the Brazilian Health Watch Agency ( Anvisa).

Three Argentines playing in England in the viewfinder

Three Argentine footballers playing in the English Premier League were lined up on Sunday, despite a recommendation from the Brazilian health agency to place them in quarantine for violating anticovid protocols.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) will start against La Seleçao, as will midfielders Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, who play for Tottenham. The fourth member of the Argentine selection from the English championship, Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa), however, was not entered on the scoresheet.

According to Anvisa, these four players would have provided « false information » in the entry form to Brazil, failing to report that they had stayed in the United Kingdom during the last fourteen days before their arrival.

A ministerial order dated June 23 prohibits entry into Brazilian territory to any foreign person from the United Kingdom, India or South Africa, to prevent the spread of variants of Covid-19.

All the Argentinian players returned to the locker rooms.

The Brazilians stayed on the lawn for an impromptu training session.

La Conmebol issued a terse statement in which it explained that the referee and the match delegate « will submit a report to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will determine the steps to be followed, in accordance with the regulations in force. »

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