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Brazil vs Argentina World Cup qualifier: Match suspended, as four Argentinian players accused of breaking Covid travel protocols

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) had requested help from the nation’s Federal Police to stop four Argentinian players from taking part within the qualifier, saying that the players in query made false statements upon arriving in Brazil, omitting that that they had been within the UK prior to now 14 days.

According to Brazilian Covid-19 rules, any passenger who visited the UK 14 days earlier than arrival can’t enter the nation.

“Anvisa considers the scenario as a critical well being danger, and due to this fact suggested the native well being authorities to find out the quick quarantine of players, who’re prevented from taking part in any exercise and have to be prevented from remaining in Brazilian territory,” the group said in a statement.

According to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil, Anvisa requested for the deportation of Emiliano Martínez, Emiliano Buendía, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero — all English Premier League players.

“Due to the choice of the sport’s referee, the match organized by FIFA between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup qualifiers is suspended,” CONMEBOL announced via Twitter.

CONMEBOL continued, “The referee and the match delegate will elevate a report back to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, which is able to decide the steps to comply with. These proceedings will abide adhere to present rules.”

FIFA confirmed on Twitter that the match had been suspended and that additional particulars would “comply with sooner or later.”
An employee of Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) argues with Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi (L) and Marcos Acuna.
Argentinian Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia released a statement saying, “What occurred right now is absolutely unlucky for soccer, it is a very unhealthy picture. Four folks got here on to interrupt the match to make an announcement and CONMEBOL requested that the players go to the dressing room.

“Here, you may’t discuss any mendacity as a result of there is a well being laws that regulates each South American match. The well being authorities of every nation authorized a protocol which we adopted to the letter.”

Argentinian nationwide workforce supervisor Lionel Scaloni added that the occasions that transpired made him “very unhappy” and that each groups wished to play the match.

“This makes me very unhappy. I’m not searching for any responsible social gathering,” Scaloni mentioned within the assertion, “Whether one thing occurred or did not occur, it wasn’t the suitable second to make that intervention.”

“It ought to have been a celebration for all concerned, to take pleasure in the perfect players on the earth. I would love that the Argentinian folks perceive that, as head coach, I’ve to defend my players,” Scaloni mentioned. “At no second did they notify us that that could not play the match. We wished to play the match, and so did the Brazil players.”

CNN’s Patrick Sung contributed to this report.

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