Yesterday, Sunday, the scenes of the scandal occurred. The World Cup qualifiers between Brazil and Argentina were only a few minutes old when personnel from the Brazilian Ministry of Health stormed the field. Reason? Argentina traveled to Brazil with four Premier League players, in violation of the country’s virus restrictions in which arrivals from the United Kingdom must be quarantined for 14 days.
Players were allowed to play the match by the South American Football Confederation, but not by the Brazilian health authorities. The match was stopped and later postponed.
The Brazilian Football Confederation has now issued an official statement due to the scenes of chaos. In a press release, the union regrets what happened – and at the same time is highly critical of the country’s government.
CBF advocates that the strictest health protocols be implemented and fully followed. However, we were surprised at the moment when the actions of the Public Health Agency took place, when the match had already started, because Anvisa (Brazilian Health Agency) could have carried out its activities in a more convenient way during the different moments and days preceding the match,” the association wrote in a press release. .
The Federation notes that the Brazilian national team has followed the health protocols established by the Brazilian health authorities regarding entry into the country. Among other things, nine players from the Brazilian Premier League have had to bid for the national team squad due to restrictions, including Liverpool’s Fabinho and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva.
The role of the CBF has always been to try to promote understanding between the parties involved so that health protocols can be satisfactorily followed and the implementation of the Games can be enabled. The CBF reiterates its disappointment over the events,” the federation wrote.
The already packed schedule of South American World Cup qualifiers is now more complicated, DW Sports wrote on Twitter. This is because a new date for the match between Brazil and Argentina has not been set at the same time that the Argentine national team left the country for its next qualifier against Bolivia on Friday.
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