The World Cup’s main governing body has broken its silence over this weekend’s bizarre events at Corinthians Arena
FIFA has released an official statement following the suspension of the World Cup between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday.
The match in the Corinthians Arena was called to a sudden halt minutes after the kick-off when health authorities wanted to reprimand three Argentine players for violating the rules of Covid-19.
The visitors finally walked off the field and about an hour after the match was stopped, the governing body of South American football, CONMEBOL, confirmed its suspension, and now FIFA has promised to investigate the incident in more detail.
What was said?
“FIFA regrets the screens ahead of the suspension of the match between Brazil and Argentina for the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which prevented millions of fans from enjoying a match between two of the most important football countries in the world,” they said in a statement.
“The official reports of the first match have been sent to FIFA. This information will be analyzed by the competent disciplinary bodies and a decision will be made in due course.”
Which players were involved?
Aston Villa duo Emiliano Buendia and Emi Martinez, and Tottenham pair Giovani lo Celso and Cristian Romero are accused of falsifying documents to travel to Brazil from England before the heavyweight international match.
Argentina’s boss Lionel Scaloni made the decision to start Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero anyway, which led to a dramatic intervention by the country’s health officials.
The Brazilian government originally recommended mandatory quarantine and deportation for the four accused, but Scaloni and his team boarded a plane five hours after the suspension of the match to go home amid the threat of detention.
No date has yet been set for the match, and it is suggested that Brazil may achieve a victory by default due to the alleged violation of quarantine procedures by the players of Argentina.
For now, both countries will look forward to their next respective World Cups on Friday, while Brazil will have to play against Peru and Argentina against Bolivia.