Brazil and Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers postponed, 3 players suspended for violating Corona protocol

The World Cup qualifiers of Brazil and Argentina were suspended amid the Corona controversy. Brazil’s Health Department says that the three Argentine players settled in England should have lived in isolation but were playing matches.

The World Cup qualifier match between Brazil and Argentina had to be postponed in dramatic circumstances after local health officials came to the ground to oust three players who did not follow the coronavirus protocol. Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar were also playing in the match. The match had to be stopped in the seventh minute when both the teams were tied goalless. There was also 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 isolation 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 four Argentine players would be fined and sent back for breaking Brazil’s coronavirus protocol. All four were asked to live in isolation but had come to play three matches. Aston did not want Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia and Tottenham’s Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero to miss out on Premier League internationals as they would have to be in isolation for ten days upon their return. Along with this, Brazil’s segregation rules added to the trouble.

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