Brazil-Argentina qualifier suspended after health officials enter pitch
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Lionel Messi did not hold back after extraordinary scenes in South America. Brazil vs Argentina has been suspended after health officials stormed the pitch and tried to detain Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero, Emi Buendia and Giovani Lo Celso after falsified Covid documents.
Messi could be heard screaming at health officials after they stormed the pitch during Argentina’s match against Brazil.
It follows chaotic scenes at the Corinthians Arena where the match between Brazil and Argentina has since been abandoned.
Just minutes into the match, health officials stormed the pitch after four Premier League players were accused of lying over their Covid documents.
Tottenham duo Lo Celso and Romero have reported for international duty for Argentina, as have Aston Villa stars Martinez and Buendia.
Officials from Brazilian’s health authority Anvisa stormed the field, as well as police officers, demanded the encounter be stopped as the quartet were detained.
Messi was furious with the health officials after blurting: “Listen to me! We’ve been here for 3 days and have been waiting for the game to start telling us we can’t play!?”
Government rules in Brazil state that any person entering the country having recently been in the UK must observe a period of 14 days’ isolation.
The Premier League foursome have been accused of not declaring that they had been in the UK when under investigation by the local authorities.
According to the Daily Mail, the players stated that they had actually been in Argentina and Venezuela instead.
However, all four had been involved in the last matchday squads of their respective clubs at the weekend in the Premier League.
That would mean they would have had to quarantine for 14 days with the UK being on the country’s red list.
And that would also force them into isolating for 10 days when they returned to their Premier League teams.
“These players arrived in Brazil on a flight from Caracas,” Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said.
“The flight landed in Guarulhos (Sao Paulo). They declared that they had not been in any of the four countries which are restricted for the past 14 days. Anvisa was warned about supposedly false information given by these players.
“After that, Anvisa sent a notification to CIEVS (in charge of Sao Paolo’s Covid-19 restrictions). We have to clarify that false information given to Brazilian authorities might be infractions of health laws of the country and might be an infraction of our criminal law.”
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