Brazil vs Argentina: a historical embarrassment that stains football

Brazil vs Argentina: a historical embarrassment that stains football

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Brazil vs Argentina: a historical embarrassment that stains football

Brazil and Argentina met on date 6 of the CONMEBOL qualifying rounds for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, only six minutes of the reissue of the 2021 Copa América final could be played after agents from the Ministry of Brazilian health stormed the field and interrupted the game. This, without a doubt, is one of the largest papers in the history of professional football.

According to the first reports, the suspension of the duel occurred due to the alignment of Giovani Lo Celso, Emiliano Martínez and Cristian Romero, footballers involved in the controversy of the Premier League and their refusal to lend players to the South American qualifiers under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emiliano Buendía, the other player who plays in the English league, remained on the bench.

Six minutes into the match, the Venezuelan referee Jesús Valenzuela suspended the match after the entry of ANVISA (Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency) personnel. And the eyes of the world turned to rest on CONMEBOL, but for the worst reasons. What happened on September 5 on the Arena Sao Paulo court cannot be fully understood.

Before starting the South American classic, the FIFA and Conmebol authorities had given the green light for the elements of the albiceleste to have activity in the sixth match of the tie. The four Argentine footballers, protagonists of this gibberish, agreed with their respective clubs about their participation in the tie, on the condition that they only play two of the three matches on the FIFA Date.

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Brazil vs Argentina: a historical embarrassment that stains football

Brazil vs Argentina: a historical embarrassment that stains football

Brazil v Argentina – FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Alexandre Schneider / Getty Images

There is still no official position by the highest soccer body or the confederation. According to the Brazilian authorities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people who have been in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Northern Ireland and India in the last 14 days must comply with a two-week quarantine before entering Brazil.

What happened this Sunday in Sao Paulo has been truly embarrassing. South American football once again shows its darkest and most absurd side. The ball was stained again in this power dispute in which no one wins. Soccer moved to a second or third term this day. This can be a dangerous precedent for international football as we know it, whatever its outcome.

It is practically impossible to know where politics begins and where football ends. Why did the Brazilian authorities wait until six minutes into the game to proceed? Why not before the match started? Right now there are more questions than certainties. This is a hard blow from which it will be difficult to recover. Soccer loses credibility and if this happens, everyone loses.

Minutes pass and there is still no resolution. The duel has not yet been officially suspended. Whatever the resolution, this has gotten out of hand. Apparently in Brazil all health protocols can be violated without any sanction, as long as one does not dare to enter the field of play.