FIFA mentioned Monday it regretted the chaotic scenes that preceded the suspension of the World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina and a choice on potential disciplinary motion can be taken “in due course”.
The match at Sao Paulo’s Neo Quimica Arena on Sunday was halted when Brazilian well being officers ran onto the pitch seven minutes after kick-off, triggering a melee involving crew officers and gamers from each side.
The officers intervened simply hours after well being authorities in Brazil mentioned 4 England-based gamers in Argentina’s squad must be positioned in “immediate quarantine” for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
“FIFA regrets the scenes preceding the suspension of the match between Brazil and Argentina for the CONMEBOL qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2022 which prevented millions of fans from enjoying a match between two of the most important football nations in the world,” soccer’s world governing physique mentioned in a press release.
“The first match official reports have been sent to FIFA. This information will be analysed by the competent disciplinary bodies and a decision will be taken in due course,” FIFA added.
Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) mentioned the Argentinian Premier League gamers — Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero of Tottenham, and Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia — had given “false information” after they entered Brazil.
Romero, Lo Celso and Martinez have been all in Argentina’s beginning line-up for Sunday’s recreation, prompting the intervention of ANVISA officers.
In scenes of confusion on the pitch, Argentina captain Lionel Messi and his teammates left the sector whereas Brazil’s squad started a apply recreation.
After the sport was deserted, Messi criticised the intervention of the Brazilian officers.
“We’ve been here for three days, why are you doing this just now?” he mentioned on Argentina’s TyC community.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni advised reporters that “at no time were we told that they could not play the game”.
The Argentina crew arrived again in Buenos Aires early Monday.