The selection ended the reunion between Lionel Messi and Neymar, with the end of the Brazil-Argentina match in Sao Paulo on Sunday at the intervention of the Brazilian health authorities.
Four Argentine players playing in England have been accused of violating anti-Covid protocol.
FIFA confirmed in a statement that this qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup was “suspended by decision of the referee”, without specifying whether it has been postponed. Kickoff was barely five minutes away when the actual scene took place: representatives of the Anvisa Health Agency and federal police entered the field to end the meeting, most in confusion.
“we’re going home”
The Argentines tried to negotiate, but eventually returned to the locker room, where they stayed for more than three hours, before leaving the stadium an hour later after the Brazilian delegation.
After this the players of Albiceleste took off from Sao Paulo airport at 9:36 pm for Buenos Aires. “We’re coming home!” Read a tweet from the selection, which features a photo showing part of the team on a plane.
“It’s been three days that we’re here, why didn’t they (Anvisa agent) come earlier?”, asked Messi in a video in confusion of Argentina’s series TyC, along with Neymar and the two teams’ coaches.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said on Twitter: “We were never told that (four players) couldn’t play. We wanted to play and so did the Brazilians.”
Hours before kick-off, Anvisa had just announced in a statement that it had recommended to local authorities in So Paulo state that the four footballers be “immediately placed in quarantine” for providing “false information”. Admit Card in Brazil.
According to the health agency, Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) and Cristian Romero (Tottenham) have failed to report that they had stayed in the United Kingdom for the past fourteen days. His arrival. The AFA president, for his part, denied any “lies” on the part of the players.
A ministerial order dated June 23 prohibited the entry of any foreigner from the United Kingdom, India or South Africa into the territory of Brazil, in order to prevent the spread of the types of COVID-19. Anvisa press release reported a “serious health risk”, banning players from “participating in any activity and staying on Brazilian territory”.
not following instructions
Despite this decision, three of the four players in question (Lo Celso, Martínez and Romero) were aligned in Albiceleste’s eleventh and started the match.
“We got into this situation because whatever Anvisa recommended was not respected from the beginning. (the players) were instructed to remain in isolation until their expulsion (from the country), but they went to the stadium And entered the fray,” health agency director Antonio Barra Torres told TV Globo.
Unlike the nine Brazilians in the Premier League called for by coach Tite, four Argentines traveled despite a veto from English clubs that banned their South American players from participating in these international matches to avoid quarantine upon their return. .
The interim president of the Brazilian Confederation, Ednaldo Rodrigues, expressed condolences, saying: “Everyone was amazed. It’s a sad incident, the Brazil-Argentina match is in the center of attention around the world.”
This article was self-published. Source: ATS/AFP
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