The World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina, South America’s most successful football teams, was canceled just minutes after Sunday after Brazilian health officials raided the field with a clear debate over coronavirus quarantine regulations. I did.
In the chaotic scene of São Paulo, a group of Brazilian public health officials entered the field minutes after the long-awaited confrontation and ordered Argentine players to leave the field as officials from both sides. Understand what is happening.
The issue was the status of four members of the Argentine roster, including three starters playing club soccer in the English Premier League. According to local regulations, foreign travelers who have spent the last 14 days in the UK must be quarantined when they arrive in Brazil.
Argentina arrived with four England-based players and started with three on Sunday. All players first traveled to Venezuela, where Argentina played its previous qualifying game last week, before arriving in Brazil three days ago.
In live footage around the world, health officials and some Argentine players were involved in a brief quarrel before the visiting team returned to the locker room. Eventually, both the team and stars such as Lionel Messi and Neymar participated in the on-site discussions.
The match referee is finally The game was interrupted.. After Argentina retired to the locker room, Brazilian players waited on the field and then used half of the field to start an improvisational training session to entertain the stunned crowd. Meanwhile, the police convoy was preparing to take the Argentinean player out of the stadium.
The event could further exacerbate the relationship between FIFA, the governing body of football and the World Cup qualifier, and the top European clubs and leagues involved in the controversy over the release of players in qualifying games. ..
Several European leagues and teams have already made unilateral decisions to prevent players from traveling to South America for this month’s World Cup qualifying game. Brazil lost nine players in the Argentine match, and other countries were also plagued by the club’s failure to release players.
However, Premier League Tottenham and Aston Villa have allowed Argentine travelers to travel. Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Henrso, as well as Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, have joined the starting team in São Paulo. His teammate Emi Buendía was the substitute.
The incident occurred hours after Brazilian health regulator Ambiza stated that four Argentine players had to be isolated and couldn’t play in the match. Local news media reported that the players involved did not report that they were in the UK, accusations denied by the Argentine Football Federation.
A health agency known as Amvisa pre-matched because the Argentine team had previously stayed in the country for three days and four Argentine-based Argentine players had previously stated that they would not participate in isolation. It was unknown why he did not take action. A match at Corinthians Stadium.
“Ambisa considers this situation a serious health risk and asks local health authorities to decide on immediate quarantine for players who need to stop participating in the activity and stay in the Brazilian soil. I requested, “Ambisa said in a statement.
Some Argentine players, including Captain Messi, remained in the tunnel area for a few minutes after the match was canceled as officials and players tried to understand the dispute as well. Finally, about an hour after the game was first interrupted, South American regional football group CONMEBOL announced that the game had been discontinued.
CONMEBOL said the decision to cancel the match was a referee’s decision, but said FIFA had the ultimate authority over the match.
“The World Cup qualifying is a FIFA tournament,” CONMEBOL said in a statement posted on Twitter. “All decisions about the organization and development are the exclusive power of the institution.”
Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni said: Comments posted on the national team’s Twitter page The team was not informed that they could not defend the UK-based players, so they asked about the timing of the assault by health officials. “We wanted to play a match, but so did the Brazilian player,” he said.
Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Federation, has challenged the accusations that one of the players on the team lied about their trip. He said Brazilian health officials had approved the rules for the Argentine team to travel to Brazil.
“We can’t talk about lies here because there is a health law in which all tournaments in South America take place,” Tapia said. “Health authorities in each country have approved a protocol that we fully adhere to.”
Brazilian TV commentators reached Amvisa’s head during the live broadcast, which was supposed to be the first half of the game. Ambisa official Antonio Bara Torres has instructed Argentine players to remain isolated while waiting to be deported from the country because they did not declare they were in Britain. He said he ignored it.
“They moved to the stadium, entered the field, and there was a series of violations,” he said in a comment released by Globo.