Brazil-Argentina to be played after COVID-19-related abandonment
Brazil-Argentina to be played after COVID-19-related abandonment

Brazil-Argentina to be played after COVID-19-related abandonment

FIFA has decided that the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina will be played at a venue and a date to be determined after it was originally abandoned due to alleged coronavirus-related breaches.

The match on September 5 in Sao Paulo was suspended by the referee after seven minutes with the score 0-0, after Brazilian health authorities entered the field to remove four England-based Argentina players who allegedly did not comply with coronavirus restrictions.

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The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has been fined a total of CHF 550,000 ($ 593,391) by FIFA’s disciplinary commission for “violations related to law and order” and for abandonment.

The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) was fined CHF 250,000 ($ 269,881) for “failing to comply with its obligations regarding order and security, the preparation of and its participation in the match” and for giving up.

England-based Argentina players Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have all been ruled out with two matches in international matches for “not complying with FIFA’s Return to Football International Match Protocol”.

The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) stated at the time that they had followed the health protocol of the South American football governing body, CONMEBOL, and believed that they should be awarded three points.

The CBF had criticized the Brazilian health authority Anvisa for not acting earlier and “waiting until the fight had started.”

Anvisa stated at the time that the situation was “a serious health risk” and “for this reason, the local health authorities immediately quarantined the players.”

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez agreed that the match should be played again.

Both sides are undefeated and have already qualified for Qatar 2022. Brazil is at the top of the group, four points ahead of the nearest rivals, Argentina, after 15 matches.

Brazil is back in action on March 24 when they host Chilewhile Argentina receives Venezuela.

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