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Brazilian well being officers in some way discovered a technique to outshine soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar on Sunday. With the Argentina – Brazil match already underway, the Brazilian federal police, together with native well being officers, walked onto the pitch and tried to take away a number of gamers from the Argentina workforce. Brazilian officers cited a failure to adjust to COVID protocols as the rationale for the excessive determination to invade the pitch.
Absolutely wild scene on the Argentina-Brazil match… Brazilian Federal Police present up & stroll on subject; attempting to DEPORT 4 Argentinian gamers for mendacity about following COVID protocols to enter nation. Argentina has walked off the sphere 😲pic.twitter.com/VZOPkFpPpD
— Josh Sánchez (@joshnsanchez) September 5, 2021
The World Cup qualifier was halted within the seventh minute when quite a few coronabros determined to turn into a part of the story. Prior to the match, 4 Argentina workforce members had been advised they wanted to quarantine and could be not be capable of play as a result of they weren’t in compliance with Brazil’s COVID-19 protocols. Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero – the gamers in query, mentioned the hell with it, and determined to play anyhow.
Working more durable than anybody ought to on a Sunday, federal police and well being officers tried to robust arm the gamers into leaving, inflicting chaos and confusion.
“The decision to interrupt the match was never within (Brazilian health agency) Anvisa’s reach. However, fielding players who did not comply with Brazilian laws and health norms, and also offered false information to authorities did require the agency to act, at its time and its way,” mentioned the Brazilian company.
Play was ultimately suspended by referees with the match tied 0-0.
Amid the chaos, Brazil threatened to deport the Argentinian gamers who ignored the nation’s protocols: “A match between some of the best in the world ends like this. I would like people in Argentina to understand that as a coach I have to take care of my players. If people come and say they have to deport them, I will not allow,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni advised TyC Sports. “We wanted to play the match, so did the Brazilians.”
With a World Cup qualifier having been suspended, FIFA can’t masks the truth that they’ve a large mess on their palms.