Officials of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil and agents of the health police entered the pitch of the Neo Quimica Arena in Sao Paulo and interrupted the Brazil-Argentina match of the world qualifiers at 4 ‘pt. According to what has been learned, the intervention is due to the fact that in Argentina there are four players who have passed through England (Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero) and that therefore, according to the laws in force , they could not have entered Brazil without first observing a period of quarantine. Now they could be arrested.
World Cup 2022, Brazil-Argentina unexpectedly interrupted: authorities in the field for anti Covid controls
The general manager of Anvisa, Antonio Barra Torre, tried to explain the situation from the microphones of TV Globo. “These are those four players – said the director of the national health agency – who, arriving in our country, presented a declaration failing to declare that in the last fifteen days they had been, or passed, in one of the three countries to which here there are restrictions to contain the pandemic. And one of these three countries is the United Kingdom, and we knew yesterday that they had been there. We have come to this point, because nothing of what was foreseen by the rules has been respected. They should have been quarantined to avoid being “deported”, but they did nothing, even going to the stadium to play, they entered the field, there was a series of violations of the rules ». The Argentine Football Association from its Twitter profile announces the suspension of the match, while the voices of the protagonists bounce from the stadium. “Why didn’t they come to the hotel to look for them?” Asks the Argentine coach Scaloni.
The four players were also ordered to return to their “country of origin” without giving further details. They had arrived in Brazil with the Argentina national team despite the Premier League not wanting players to be released for international matches due to the need to quarantine for 10 days upon their return. Now the 4 have been involved in the restrictions of the Brazilian quarantine and it is not known when they will be able to return to England. In the meantime, Brazil is risking heavy consequences from a sporting point of view, given that Conmebol had warned the Federation not to break the agreements regarding sporting “bubbles” and to regularly bring Argentine players onto the field. After an hour and a half the match was permanently suspended.