Saturday, July 2

Argentina and Brazil suspend their match after five minutes

South American football has been splattered by an unusual scandal: Brazil and Argentina they barely played five minutes of his match for the Qatar World Cup qualifying rounds. Suddenly, agents of the Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) entered the field of play with the intention of detaining four players from the blue and white team who play in the English Premier: Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Emiliano Buendía. There was shoving, screaming and, above all, a major surprise between the members of both teams. The regional federation (Conmebol) reported on the suspension of the meeting that was held in Sao Paulo. It remains for the moment in the air which team will keep the three points.

Before the announcement was made public, the Argentines left the field. Messi returned later without the official shirt, he approached his friend Neymar and to the Brazilian coach, Tite, and he said: “we go“. Messi returned to the dressing room hugging Dani Alves. The canarinha players remained on the field waiting for an order.

The South American classic has always had heroic and dramatic chapters. But such an absurd situation had never taken place. “We have been here for three days, they warned (that you couldn’t play) and that’s it, “said Messi, trying to convince Anvisa officials to back down.

Hours before the ball began to roll, Anvisa tried deport to the four players. Conmebol was not only forced to remember that to play the South American qualifiers, all federations accepted the exceptions that involved players from Europe (health corridor, vaccination, PCR and bubble). In turn, he made it clear that The Playoffs are governed by criteria established by FIFA. “There are rules for these parties,” recalled the president of the Argentine federation, Claudio Tapia. The Argentine ambassador in Brasilia, Daniel Scioli, entered the scene to guarantee the departure from the country of the members of the selected team.

Anvisa’s reaction

Anvisa tried to bypass the guidelines set by FIFA and went with the Federal Police to the hotel where the Argentine national team was staying. Conmebol intervened and pressured the Brazilian Confederation so that Messi’s team could move to the stadium without any casualties. What appeared to be a passing incident became only a prelude to a bigger problem.

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“Anvisa considers the situation a serious health risk, so it advised the local health authorities to determine the immediate quarantine of the players, who cannot participate in any activity and must be prevented from remaining in Brazilian territory,” said the organism and, in the facts, it implied that it would prevent the realization of the party. Messi was right: “They’re waiting for us”.

The Argentine coach, Lionel Scaloni, expressed his sadness at the outcome. “This was going to be a party with the best players in the world,” he said, referring to Leo and Neymar. “It wasn’t the way to end it.”

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