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World Cup Qualifier Ends As Brazil Try To Deport 4 Argentine Players Mid-Match



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The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina was suspended minutes after kick-off on the Corinthians Area in São Paulo, Brazil after Brazilian well being officers got here onto the pitch and escorted a number of Argentinian soccer gamers away.

The Brazilian Well being Regulatory Company (Anvisa) had requested assist from the nation’s Federal Police to stop 4 Argentinian gamers from taking part within the qualifier, saying that the gamers in query made false statements upon arriving in Brazil, omitting that that they had been within the UK previously 14 days.

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

“Anvisa considers the state of affairs as a critical well being threat, and due to this fact suggested the native well being authorities to find out the fast quarantine of gamers, who’re prevented from taking part in any exercise and should be prevented from remaining in Brazilian territory,” the group mentioned in an announcement.

In accordance with CNN affiliate CNN Brasil, Anvisa requested for the deportation of Emiliano Martínez, Emiliano Buendía, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero — all English Premier League gamers.

“Because of the resolution of the sport’s referee, the match organized by FIFA between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup qualifiers is suspended,” CONMEBOL introduced through 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 in the end.”

Argentinian Soccer Affiliation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia launched an announcement saying, “What occurred in the present day is admittedly unlucky for soccer, it is a very unhealthy picture. 4 folks got here on to interrupt the match to make an announcement and CONMEBOL requested that the gamers go to the dressing room.

“Right here, you’ll be able to’t discuss any mendacity as a result of there is a well being laws that regulates each South American event. The well being authorities of every nation accepted a protocol which we adopted to the letter.”

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

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

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