The match between Brazil and Argentina will last only five minutes. The meeting was quickly interrupted by the Brazilian health agency, which accuses four Argentinian players of having violated the anti-Covid protocol.
A member of the Brazilian health agency on the lawn
The party is bad. While Brazil and Argentina were to face each other this Sunday as part of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, this mythical poster of South American football was quickly interrupted.
When we had just played the 5th minute, the meeting was suddenly stopped by the entry on the lawn of several people of the Brazilian health authorities. A totally surrealist scene which caused all Argentinian players to return to the locker room after a few minutes of tension.
Four Argentinian players in the sights
The Brazilian health agency (Anvisa) accused Argentinian players Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Cristian Romero (Tottenham) and Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) for having violated the anti-Covid protocol. They would have provided fake news in the Brazil entry form and would not have reported that they had been in the UK for the past 14 days. However, the country imposes a quarantine on people arriving from the United Kingdom.
An hour before kick-off, the Brazilian authorities had already tried to expel the four players. But the Argentine group had finally made their way to the stadium and three of the elements concerned were even starting at the start of the meeting (Martinez, Lo Celso, Romero). The problem therefore seemed to be resolved. Actually not at all…
After their return to the locker room, several Argentinian players, including Lionel Messi, quickly appeared without their jersey, or even in tap dance for some. There was no doubt then that the game would not resume. It was not the right way, but the country’s health security comes first , said a delegate from the Brazilian health agency after comments reported by L’Equipe.
We’ve been here for 3 days, why didn’t you come to pick up the players before? , said Messi. Even with its breeder Lionel Scaloni: If the player can’t enter the country, why did they let him in? We’ve been training for three days . There is no doubt that the situation could undoubtedly have been resolved sooner. Thus avoiding a ridiculous spectacle …
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