The players in the Premier League are accused of giving false information to the health authorities upon their arrival in Brazil
Brazilian federal police have launched an investigation into allegations that four players in Argentina violated the guidelines of the Covid-19, which led to the suspension of Sunday’s World Cup match against Brazil.
The match in the Corinthians Arena was stopped a few minutes after the kick-off when the health authorities tried to reprimand the duel between Aston Villa, Emi Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, as well as the Tottenham team, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Romero.
Officials believe the four players involved provided false information to avoid mandatory quarantine and could therefore be guilty of the crime of misrepresentation.
Why did the Brazilian police launch an investigation?
Under Brazilian national law, foreign travelers from the United Kingdom must complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in the country.
However, it is said that the Argentine Premier League contingent only declared that they were in Caracas, home of the Albiceleste’s last qualifier for the World Cup against Venezuela, and that they allegedly did not disclose to immigration and health authorities that they were not in the UK.
The Brazilian government originally recommended mandatory quarantine and deportation for the four accused, but they were later allowed to travel to the match against Brazil.
However, that did not stop health officials from making their dramatic intervention on the field to bring the game to a halt.
The players left the country within hours of the match being suspended, but officials say they gave their testimony to police.
What are the possible penalties?
Anyone convicted of misrepresentation in Brazil could face up to five years in prison and a fine.
Back in England, reports claim that Tottenham will penalize Lo Celso and Romero for their role in the incident.