The Brazil Vs Argentina match on Sunday threw up many sub-plots and interesting occurrences, alongside some dangerous moments too. Brazilian health authorities, ANVISA, had made their way to the field to detain 3 of the players in Argentina's starting 11 for allegedly breaking Covid-19 protocols.
The players accused by the Brazilian authorities are Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Christian Romero. According to reports, the players did not disclose that they have been to the United Kingdom within the past 14 in a clear disregard for the rules before entering Brazil.
When ANVISA officials stormed the field in the 6th minute of the match to try to apprehend the affected players, many Argentine players stood up to them. In one of such occurrences, Marcos Acuna and Nicholas Otamendi got into an argument with an ANVISA official in black. The argument got heated and dangerous to the point of engaging in a scuffle and throwing slaps at each other.
However, many other Argentine players and the team coach, Lionel Scaloni quickly intervened and broke up the three individuals who were involved in the struggle. It has now been revealed that the ANVISA official would have most probably been carrying a firearm in his belt. This is said to be standard protocol for the officials of the health regulatory body.
This showed how dangerous the encounter was and what could have happened to the Benfica and Sevilla defenders during the match. It also showed the courage that the players displayed in standing up to the ANVISA agents when they came for their teammates. The match was officially suspended by FIFA, with decisions on how to proceed being discussed by CONMEBOL.