In truly bizarre scenes, Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Brazil was interrupted by local authorities trying to deport four players for failing to keep to COVID quarantine protocols.
The chaos started this evening just hours before kick-off, when Brazilian authorities announced they would be deporting four Argentina players who had ‘lied’ in order to enter the country.
Due to the Delta variant in the United Kingdom, anyone who has come from there needs to quarantine for 14 days in Brazil.
The match kicked off, but after just five minutes it was interrupted by the Brazilian health authorities, with orders to deport the players.
Just after kick-off, Brazilian health authorities have entered the pitch and brought a stop to the game between Brazil and Argentina 🚨
Reports before the game suggested local authorities had ordered Argentina’s UK based players to be deported due to a failure to quarantine 😮 pic.twitter.com/aSuXZyzVPA
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 5, 2021
The moment when Brazilian health officials entered the pitch of the Arena Neo Química in São Paulo to interrupt the Brazil-Argentina World Cup qualifier due to four Premier-League based Argentine players lying on their entry into the country 3 days ago. pic.twitter.com/2G1Dmd36tG
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) September 5, 2021