The Japan Times

Brazil-Argentina replay confirmed

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FIFA on Monday confirmed the abandoned 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina will be replayed, after rejecting appeals from both national federation­s.

Brazilian health officials stormed the pitch seven minutes into the Sept. 5 clash between the South American giants in Sao Paulo, stopping the match and triggering a melee involving team officials and players.

According to Brazil’s National Health Surveillan­ce Agency (ANVISA), four Argentine players based at English clubs at the time should have been placed in “immediate quarantine” for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

FIFA in February ordered a replay and banned Cristian Romero and then clubmate Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham, and Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia for two matches.

World soccer’s governing body also handed a series of fines to the two national football federation­s, prompting both to lodge appeals.

FIFA’s disciplina­ry committee upheld the fines of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,342) imposed on both as a result of the abandonmen­t.

However, it reduced a separate 500,000 Swiss franc fine given to the Brazilian FA to 250,000 Swiss francs, and halved the Argentine FA’s initial fine of 200,000 Swiss francs.

Argentina’s football associatio­n said it would “request today the grounds for both decisions” before appealing to the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport against its second fine and the decision to replay the match.

Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

 ?? REUTERS ?? Brazilian health officials halted a World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo in September, claiming three Argentine players violated quarantine rules.
REUTERS Brazilian health officials halted a World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo in September, claiming three Argentine players violated quarantine rules.

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