The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina has been suspended after the host country’s health officials stormed the field to remove four Argentine players.
The match – a repeat of the Copa America final – played in Sao Paulo started, but was halted minutes from the blast of the referee’s whistle after four players allegedly falsified Covid-19 documents.
According to Brazil officials, no less than four Premier League players that play for Argentina face the brunt of ‘lying’ on documents that they filed to gain entry into Brazil for the match.
Aston Villa duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia as well as Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are the players in question.
According to ESPN Brasil, Fifa along with the Federal Government and CONMEBOL managed to strike an agreement to have all four of the players available to play the encounter.
This however changed within minutes of the start of the game, as Brazil’s health authority Anvisa entered the pitch along with the police and ordered the match to be stopped until the four players were off the field and detained.
Rules pertaining to Covid-19 regulations in Brazil are of such a nature that any person entering the country from the United Kingdom must observe a 14-day isolation period which the four players didn’t do.
Fifa are yet to decide on a new course of action for the qualifiers.