A scent of revenge but also of mistrust. This Sunday (9 p.m.), Brazil welcomes Argentina for a match counting towards the qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup in the zone of South America, more than two months after the victory de l’Albiceleste in the Copa America final against the SeleÃ§ao. But the game should be greatly disrupted by the health context.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Brazilian authorities have launched an investigation for violation of the quarantine rules against four players of the Argentina squad. Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia are concerned. They have been accused of failing to declare their presence on British soil in the past 14 days, territory listed in a red zone for Brazil and subject to health restrictions .
These players, who play in England, would have indicated that they were in Argentina and Venezuela but not in Great Britain, while they were present a few days ago on the lawns of the Premier League. Brazilian law requires a 14-day quarantine period for anyone coming from Britain on previous days.
The four Argentinian players are now under threat to stay at the hotel until September 18. They would still have to carry out another quarantine period, of 10 days, on their return to British territory. They would miss at least three league games in this affair, and one in the Europa League for the two representatives of Tottenham.
According to government sources in Sao Paulo, an agreement could be found to prevent players from doing this period of quarantine. They would have to put up with a fine instead of staying at the hotel. “These players have declared that they had not been in each of the countries subject to restrictions in recent days. Anvisa (national health surveillance agency in Brazil, Editor’s note) a Warned against allegedly false information given by players, a Brazilian spokesperson for Anvisa said. We must clarify that false information provided to authorities Brazilians could constitute violations of the health laws of the country and could constitute a violation of our criminal law. “
The Argentinean federation declared that the Conmebol was warned of the situation, but the South American federation warned that it did not have to fix this problem. As a reminder, the Brazilian players in the Premier League have not been allowed to travel to South America for this international break. Lo Celso and Romero had secured Tottenham’s deal, provided the pair miss Argentina’s final game. The advantage provided by the presence of these players poses in any case a problem for the Brazilian Federation, determined to enforce the laws in force to prohibit the presence of four players concerned by the offenses, also for sports fairness concerns.
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