Argentina’s World Cup qualifying round in Brazil was interrupted just seven minutes after Sunday due to fierce controversy over coronavirus concerns, and the match was later interrupted by the referee.
Shortly after the match between Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar began, Brazilian health officials did not reveal that they had arrived in São Paulo on Friday, so they felt they should not play. We welcomed other players to the pitch. They were in England recently.
Argentina responded by leaving the field at the Neo Quimica Arena in São Paulo.
Argentina tweeted that the 0-0 match will not resume. CONMEBOL of the South American Football Federation confirms that the match has been interrupted and FIFA will decide what to do with it.
Antonio Bara Torres, president of the Brazilian health agency, said the four Argentine athletes would be fined and deported for failing to comply with Brazil’s COVID-19 protocol.
Four of the English Premier League Argentine players were ordered to be quarantined by the Brazilian health agency before the match. Despite the order, three out of four left for Argentina.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendía, Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Serso and Cristian Romero have quarantined players for an international mission as the Premier League needs to be isolated at the hotel for 10 days. I started playing in Argentina, even though I didn’t want to release it. Their return. Currently, they are involved in Brazilian quarantine restrictions.
Martinez, Romero and Roselso have started the match. Buendia was not included in the team.
Brazil called in nine Premier League players, including five starters, in the third round of the World Cup qualifying round in September, but no one came, following the club’s advice.
Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni said he and his players were sad in the turn of the event and both teams wanted to play the game.
“The match between the best players in the world ends like this. I want the Argentine people to understand that I need to take care of the players as a coach. People come and give them If I said I had to deport, I wouldn’t allow it, “Scaloni told channel TyC Sports. “We wanted to play a match, so did the Brazilians.”
Ednardo Rodriguez, interim president of the Brazilian Football Federation, said the Health Organization’s decision felt “strange.”
“The Brazilian Football Federation never agreed with this,” he told TV Globo.
After Argentina left, Brazilian players stayed on the field and began practicing training. Federal police were outside the stadium to escort the Argentine national team.
Other AP Soccer: https: //apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports