“It is clear that Argentina had given false information about the four players travelling from the UK and for the mess at the Corinthians Arena, there is only team blame for and which is Argentina. First of all, they broke the quarantine rules and gave false information to the health authorities – which requires strict punishments from FIFA and secondly, they are whining to hide their fault, which makes no sense, rather it would be better to accept the mistakes”
In the long list of controversy between Argentina and Brazil clash on the football pitch, there is a new edition after last night and yet again, it is Argentina who stood at the wrong end by breaking the rules for quarantine. While the world is still fighting against the COVID-19 Pandemic and trying their level best to control the spread of the virus, Argentina and their players seem to undermine the rules and regulations.
Before the international break, the Premier League, Italian Serie A and La Liga imposed a rule that they would not allow their South American players (especially Brazil) to play in the countries that are under the COVID-19 red zone for United Kingdom (UK).
Still, Argentina had included four players from the Premier League.
Por decisión del árbitro del partido, el encuentro organizado por FIFA entre Brasil y Argentina por las Eliminatorias para la Copa del Mundo queda suspendido.
— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) September 5, 2021
Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa were reporting for duty for the Argentina national team along with Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Federal Government, FIFA and CONMEBOL struck an agreement so that all four players would be allowed onto the field to take part in the match.
However, just minutes after the game started – officials from the Health Authority of Brazil Anvisa stormed the field accompanied by police officers to reportedly demand the World Cup qualifier be stopped until the four players were off the field and detained.
Absurd that this game should have been allowed to even kick off. Looks terrible for everyone involved. https://t.co/83YlPQ7rNX
— JohnDykes (@JohnDykesFC) September 6, 2021
South American football governing body CONMEBOL tweeted, “By decision of the match referee, the match organized by FIFA between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup Qualifiers is suspended.”
“The referee and the match commissioner will submit a report to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will determine the steps to be followed. These procedures strictly adhere to current regulations.”
“The World Cup Qualifiers is a FIFA competition. All decisions concerning its organization and development are the exclusive power of that institution.”
How bizarre. Brazil v Argentina kicked off then Brazil health officials and police stormed on the pitch to deport Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero because they arrived from UK & didn’t quarantine for 14 days. Match suspended.
— 𝗔𝘆𝘀𝗵𝗮 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝘇𝘂𝗮𝗻 (@ayshardzn) September 6, 2021
Government rules in Brazil state that any person entering the country having recently been in the UK must observe a period of 14 days’ isolation.
However, all four players allegedly did not declare they had been in the UK and were then under investigation by the local authorities.
This was despite all of them being involved in the last matchday squads for their respective clubs over last weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures.
Not only were they facing a 14-day quarantine period in Brazil, but would also be forced to isolate for 10 days on return to the UK due to visiting a nation on the red list.
“These players arrived in Brazil on a flight from Caracas,” Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said.
WILD SCENES IN BRAZIL V ARGENTINA.
Officials appear to have walked on to the pitch to try and detain four Argentina players accused of lying about having been in England within the last 14 days upon entering Brazil 😳 pic.twitter.com/lrPS5B7mcb
— Goal (@goal) September 5, 2021
“The flight landed in Guarulhos (Sao Paulo). They declared that they had not been in any of the four countries which are restricted for the past 14 days. Anvisa was warned about supposedly false information given by these players.”
“After that, Anvisa sent a notification to CIEVS (in charge of Sao Paolo’s Covid-19 restrictions). We have to clarify that false information given to Brazilian authorities might be infractions of health laws of the country and might be an infraction of our criminal law.”
The whole squad arrived in Brazil on Friday straight from their win in Venezuela and the Argentinean FA were under the impression they did not need to make the Brazilian authorities aware as they had already indicated to CONMEBOL that the four players were part of their secure bubble.
But this had not been sanctioned by Brazil’s authorities; causing confusion which at one stage looked as though it could lead to the players being booted out of the country.
Brazilian officials visited Argentina’s team hotel in Sao Paolo on Sunday in the hours leading up to their match, with the availability of all four players still up in the air.
The agreement is then said to have been reached to pass all four players for selection for the fixture.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 5, 2021
The Brazilian Football Confederation also accepted those players will be featuring, despite their own anger at Premier League chiefs for not allowing their players to travel.
Both Lo Celso and Romero ignored Tottenham’s pleas to join up with Argentina, while Aston Villa gave Buendia and Martinez strict instructions regarding their involvement.
Three of the four Argentina players even started the match, with Buendia the only player listed among the substitutes.
It is clear that Argentina had given false information about the four players travelling from the UK and for the mess at the Corinthians Arena, there is only team blame for and which is Argentina. First of all, they broke the quarantine rules and gave false information to the health authorities – which requires strict punishments from FIFA and secondly, they are whining to hide their fault, which makes no sense, rather it would be better to accept the mistakes.
Clearly, Argentina have earned shame for their fans and country.