Why were the Argentine players sanctioned during the match and not before?

The Argentine squad questioned why they waited until the game against Brazil began to carry out their operation, which unleashed one of the most embarrassing acts in history.

Argentina National Team
Argentina National Team

Argentina-Brazil lasted six minutes at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. The Brazilian Government wanted to take four Argentine players off the pitch: Cristian Romero, Emiliano Martínez, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendía. This is a new chapter in the already long history of Argentine players who play in the Premier League and joined the National Team for this triple date of the South American Qualifiers.

The Argentine National Team faced Brazil with the clean and jerk after their recent title in the Copa América 2021, but the unusual happened in São Paulo: when they averaged five minutes into the match at Arena Corinthians, the game was interrupted by Brazilian health authorities who wanted to take out from the field to four Albiceleste players for allegedly having breached the protocol provided as prevention for the coronavirus.

The representative led by Lionel Scaloni, after a few first minutes of confusion and uncertainty and after a recommendation from Conmebol, finally withdrew from the field of play, confused and upset by the surprising situation after spending more than two days in the territory Brazilian. The long-awaited classic was suspended in the midst of a historic scandal: it only played five minutes.

Why did the authorities act during the match and not before?

According to Anvisa, goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, defender Cristian Romero and midfielders Emiliano Buendía and Giovani Lo Celso, who play English football and were in the United Kingdom in recent days, could not be on the field. Before the match, an agreement between the Brazilian government, FIFA and Conmebol allowed the four athletes to go by bus to the stadium, and with that the match began. However, the duel was stopped after just five minutes of the ball rolling.

Alexis Almosnino

Digital Sports Journalist received at the university Tea & Deportea in 2016. Specialized in graphic media.+ info

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