The World Cup qualifier match between Brazil and Argentina had to be postponed in dramatic circumstances after local health officials came to the field to oust three players who did not follow the coronavirus protocol. Lionel Messi of Argentina and Neymar of Brazil were also present to play the football match. The game had to be stopped in the seventh minute when both the teams were tied goalless.
There was also a considerable debate between players, coaches, football officials and local officials. Brazil’s health department says that three Argentine players based in England should have been in quarantine but were playing matches. FIFA now has to decide what will happen next for this qualifier.
Brazil’s health agency president Antonio Barra Torres said that all Argentine players for breaking Brazil’s corona protocol will be fined and sent back. All four players were asked to stay in quarantine but had come to play three matches.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia and Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero did not want to miss out on Premier League internationals as they would have to be in quarantine for ten days upon their return. Along with this, the quarantine rules of Brazil added to the trouble.
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