FIFA is investigating the departure of Brazil-Argentina World Cup qualifiers, with President Gianni Infantino calling the incidents “crazy” while Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to take disciplinary action against their Argentine players.
Brazilian health officials intervened on Sunday after four Argentine Premier League players were accused of violating the country’s Cuevad 19 quarantine laws.
Austin Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martنیnez and the Spurs duo Cristian Romero and Giovanni Lu Celso were on the pitch at the New Comica Arena as part of the Argentine team when Brazilian health regulator Invisa went on the field and five minutes into the kick-off. Later the game stopped.
Austin Villa midfielder Emiliano Bondia also traveled from the UK and was in the stands.
Invesa said Brazilian law makes it clear that travelers who have been in the UK, South Africa or India for the past 14 days are barred from entering the country unless they are Brazilian citizens or permanent residents. ۔
It said Argentine players had made false statements about their previous whereabouts on immigration forms.
Brazil’s federal police said on Monday they had launched a formal inquiry into the actions of Argentine players who had been deported by a spokesman.
“We can confirm that an investigation has been launched into a possible crime of providing false information,” a spokesman said.
“Yesterday, the players were informed that they would have to leave the country, which is a formality, and statements were taken from them.”
The Argentine team left Brazil on Sunday night and returned to Buenos Aires.
FIFA said it had received reports from match officials.
“Information will be analyzed by competent regulatory bodies and a decision will be made in due course,” World Football’s governing body said in a statement.
The Argentine Football Association said FIFA had given the two national associations six days to outline their positions.
In a video address to the General Assembly of the European Club Association, Infantino said the situation was a reminder of the difficulties faced by epidemics.
“We saw what happened with the game between Brazil and Argentina, the two great teams in South America,” said Infantino.
“Some officials, police, security personnel entered the field a few minutes after the game to pick up some players – it’s crazy but we need to deal with the challenges, the issues that come with the crisis.”
Emiliano’s brother, Alejandro Martنیnez, said the players would leave Argentina for Croatia, the UK’s Green List country, to avoid the 10-day mandatory hotel quarantine on their return to the UK from the red list on Monday.
“They will go to Croatia to quarantine there and then to England,” Alejandro told the radio station La Oral de Portiva. “That was the condition that Austin Villa set.”
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) said Martinez and Bondia had been released from the national team, meaning they would not take part in Thursday’s home qualifier in Bolivia.
The AFA later released Spurs duo Lu Celso and Romero, saying they were “out of action against Bolivia and could return to their club”.
The Spurs duo can expect club fines for returning to England without their club’s permission, according to the website Football London.
Villa and Tottenham declined to comment.