Sunday was one of the wildest days we’ve seen in a while in international football, with a World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina getting abruptly suspended only 30 minutes in. Health officials stormed onto the pitch to reprimand three Argentinian players from the Premier League who allegedly skipped COVID-19 quarantine in Brazil to play. Well, FIFA has released a statement on the whole situation and it seems as they regret the decision that was made. Via Goal:
“FIFA regrets the scenes preceding the suspension of the match between Brazil and Argentina for the CONMEBOL qualifiers of World Cup 2022 which prevented millions of fans from enjoying a match between two of the most important football nations in the world,” their statement reads.
“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.”
Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovani Lo Celso, and Cristian Romero were all accused of providing false documents in Brazil after flying from England. Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni ultimately decided to start three of them and that proved to be controversial.
It’s a shame such a heavyweight clash between two of the world’s best footballing nations was stopped, but FIFA will dive deeper into the situation and find a solution as to when Brazil and Argentina will finish up the match. For now, they both look ahead to their next qualifiers on Friday before heading back to their clubs.