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Who decides the verdict on the suspended game Brazil Vs. Argentina game: FIFA or CONMEBOL?

In a complicated case between Argentina and Brazil over Covid-19 regulations, the verdict would come down to either CONMEBOL or ultimately FIFA. The match might be awarded to Brazil because of Argentine players breaking the law.

Who decides the verdict on the suspended game Brazil Vs. Argentina game: FIFA or CONMEBOL?

In the aftermath of the suspended match between Brazil and Argentina on Sunday, many questions remain unanswered.  The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between the two South-American countries was brought to an abrupt end when Brazilian health authorities invaded the pitch to arrest some defaulting Argentine players over Covid-19 regulations. Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Christian Romero were all accused of giving false declarations to gain entry into Brazil for the qualifier. All of the accused players started the game apart from Emiliano Buendia. 

In the 6th minute of the game, ANVISA officials attempted to arrest the affected players while the game was ongoing. The situation quickly deteriorated with players like Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Nicholas Otamendi trying to stop the arrest. The match was interrupted in the confusion that followed as the players made their way back to the dressing room. About one hour later, South-American football governing body CONMEBOL, announced that the match had been officially suspended. 

The United Kingdom is one of many countries that had been put on the list of high-risk countries of the Covid-19 virus. Thus, travellers from those countries are expected to quarantine for 4 days before been granted permission to enter Brazil. All the players accused ply their trade in the English Premier League but didn't quarantine because according to the Argentine Football Association, the players have been part of the National team's bubble. Brazilian authorities though insist that the players broke the law. 

With the match suspended by CONMEBOL, a decision has to be taken if Brazil Vs. Argentina match is to be replaced or to be forfeited and the points handed over to either Brazil or Argentina. Brazil is accused of interrupting the match while Argentina is accused of breaking Covid-19 protocols. The raging question now is who decides on the outcome of the suspended match. 

The World footballing governing body, FIFA released a statement saying they will investigate the match while urging both teams to focus on the next World Cup qualifying games. With this, it is almost certain that it is FIFA that will decide on the outcome of the suspended match between Brazil and Argentina. 

The South-American football governing body, CONMEBOL, has a say too and might give the first judgement but it is certain that whatever the verdict, the losing party would appeal to FIFA. Hence, FIFA's governing council would be the body to decide what happens with the suspended game.

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