A World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina was stopped after just a few minutes after Brazilian authorities tried to detain 4 Premier League gamers for failing to quarantine.
The high-profile match on the Neo Quimica Enviornment in Sao Paulo on Sunday night, which featured Lionel Messi and Neymar amongst a star-studded forged, was interrupted by well being officers and police spilling on to the pitch in farcical scenes after an argument erupted on the sidelines, and the sport was finally deserted.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso have been the 4 Argentinian gamers accused of flouting journey restrictions to play within the match, and the latter trio all began the sport. Earlier within the day the Brazilian authorities had mentioned the quartet would want to quarantine, having travelled from England.
Brazil’s well being authority, Anvisa, mentioned in an announcement earlier than the sport: “Anvisa considers the state of affairs a critical well being threat and so has requested native well being authorities to find out the instant quarantine of the gamers, who’re stopped from taking part in any exercise and ought to be prevented from remaining on Brazilian soil.”
They then tried to forestall the sport going forward however Argentina refused to conform, locking themselves of their dressing room earlier than kick-off.
Guests who’ve been within the UK within the 14 days earlier than coming into Brazil should quarantine for 14 days on arrival except they achieve particular exemption.
Argentina left the stadium quickly after the turmoil, whereas the Brazilian gamers returned to the pitch to placed on a coaching session to entertain the followers who remained.
Argentina supervisor Lionel Scaloni mentioned: “It makes me very unhappy. I’m not searching for anybody accountable. Whether or not or not one thing occurred, it was not the time to make that intervention [during the game]. It ought to have been a celebration for everybody to take pleasure in the most effective gamers on the earth.
“I would love the folks of Argentina to know that as a coach I’ve to defend my gamers. At no time have been we notified that they might not play the match. We wished to play the sport, as did the gamers from Brazil.”
The South American Soccer Confederation Conmebol introduced that the match had been suspended and the referee and match delegate would now present a report for Fifa’s disciplinary committee, which might determine what motion to take.