Four Argentine players playing in the Premier League are risking not being able to face Brazil on Sunday in Sao Paulo in a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup, and Brazil’s health agency has recommended that they be placed in quarantine for violating anti-virus protocols.
According to Anvisa, Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), Emiliano Martinez (Arsenal), Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa) and Christian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) gave “false information” on their entry form to Brazil, and failed to report that they had stayed in the UK for the last 14 days. before their arrival.
A ministerial order dated June 23 bans any foreign person from the UK, India or South Africa from entering the Brazilian territory, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants.
“Anvisa considers this situation to be a serious health risk and recommends that the local health authorities (in São Paulo) order the immediate quarantine of players, who are prohibited from participating in any activity and from remaining on Brazilian soil,” the agency said in a statement. Anfisa said she had notified the Federal Police so that “the necessary measures can be taken immediately”.
According to information site Globoesporte, the Argentine Football Association will nevertheless have to request an exceptional permit from the Sao Paulo authorities to allow players to stand against A Seleção.
Messi vs Neymar
In contrast to the nine Brazilians in the Premier League who were called up by coach Tite, the four Argentines made the trip despite the use of the veto by English clubs, which prevented their players from South America from participating in these international matches to avoid quarantine upon their return.
The confrontation between Brazil and Argentina is the revenge of the Copa America final, which saw Argentine superstar Lionel Messi win his first international title on July 10 in the Maracana. This meeting will see Messi and Neymar, his Paris Saint-Germain teammates since this summer after playing together for four years at FC Barcelona (2013-2017).
This is the duel at the top of the South American qualifiers, with the Brazilians leading with 21 points and seven victories in seven matches, followed by the Albiceleste team (15 points).
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