Brazil vs Argentina: World Cup Qualifier suspended after health officials enter pitch in row over Covid rules
Brazil’s health regulator said Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez should have isolated after entering Brazil; three of the four started for Argentina against Brazil on Sunday; officials entered the field after kick-off, causing the game to be halted
The World Cup Qualifier between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday night was suspended after Brazilian health officials entered the pitch in a row over Covid rules.
The officials marched onto the field shortly after kick-off and confronted the Argentina players, who left the field while the two managers – along with Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil’s players – gathered to discuss the stoppage.
The South American football confederation CONMEBOL later confirmed the game – which was 0-0 when it was stopped – had been called off by the referee, who they said would submit a disciplinary report to FIFA.
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FIFA confirmed the suspension of the game and added “further details will follow in due course”. The world governing body will gather evidence from all sides before it decides on the most appropriate course of action.
Antonio Barra Torres, the president of Brazil’s health agency Anvisa, said four Argentina players will be fined and deported for allegedly not following the country’s Covid protocols.