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CONMEBOL or ANVISA: Why CONMEBOL's rules will determine Brazil - Argentina match?

FIFA is set to sit on the Brazil vs Argentina game to know what transpired on Sunday at the Arena Corinthians. FIFA is likely to use CONMEBOL's rules as a guide to all the matches.

CONMEBOL or ANVISA: Why CONMEBOL's rules will determine Brazil - Argentina match?

As the dust settles on Sunday's controversy between Brazil and Argentina, the solution to the problems is being sought out. The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina was suspended due to allegations of Argentine players falsifying information to circumvent Covid-19 regulations in Brazil. Brazil had put a number of countries on its red list, including the United Kingdom. Thus, according to ANVISA, travellers who have visited the country in the last 14 days are required to quarantine before entering Brazil. 

The rules set by the health authorities apply to everyone without exception to footballers. Premier League-based players Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Christian Romero are alleged to have given false declarations when trying to enter the country. Thus, in the 6th minute of the match, officials from ANVISA stormed the pitch in a bid to arrest the affected players and deport them immediately. 

In the aftermath of the suspension of the match, FIFA is set to review the incidences that happened to come to a conclusion on who was wrong or right. There seems to be a clash as CONMEBOL faces ANVISA over who has jurisdiction and whose rules are to be followed. CONMEBOL had allowed players coming from any country or league to take part in this series of qualifying matches. However, ANVISA had banned players travelling from the red-listed countries from entering Brazil without undergoing appropriate quarantine. 

As FIFA decides, the world football governing body will most probably stick to the rules set and permissible by its regional counterpart, CONMEBOL.  This is because these rules apply to other countries and other matches that have been played so far since the incident. If FIFA expectedly takes that route then the match might be awarded to Argentina or a replay might be ordered. In any case, FIFA will hope to resolve this issue swiftly so the missed Matchday 6 fixture is quickly resolved.

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