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Brazil's World Cup qualifier with Argentina was stopped on Sunday night just seven minutes into the game, as the health authorities came onto the pitch to halt proceedings.
On Sunday evening it was reported that Brazilian police had been ordered to deport four Argentina players who had travelled with the squad, all from the Premier League.
According to current regulations in the country, Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were all meant to quarantine for 14 days before entering.
Their failure to do so threatened to stop their appearance in the game, although CONMEBOL claimed they would award Argentina the points if the game didn't go ahead.
Martinez, Lo Celoso and Romero all started the game but less than 10 minutes into the game authorities entered the pitch and demanded a stop to proceedings.
Just after kick-off, Brazilian health authorities have entered the pitch and brought a stop to the game between Brazil and Argentina 🚨— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 5, 2021
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
The Brazilian Federal Police have arrived on the pitch and are trying to get the 4 Argentinian players off the pitch who (according to reports) lied about sticking to the COVID protocols.— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) September 5, 2021
The Argentina team has now walked off. pic.twitter.com/gFwgg27hTs
BREAKING: Brazil vs Argentina has been suspended as the Brazilian Health Authorities have stormed onto the pitch to deport Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.#avfc #thfc pic.twitter.com/g9tGmV1pNt— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) September 5, 2021
🚨⚽️ | NEW: Footage shows Brazilian officials entering the pitch during the Brazil vs Argentina game to allegedly detain 4 Argentinian players who had entered the country from England pic.twitter.com/3X0PkNghmN— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) September 5, 2021
Premier League teams had initially tried to stop their players from going to South America to take part in the three games during the international break.
Countries in that region are on the UK's 'red list' which means people going there must quarantine for 10 days when they arrive back.
Players playing in midweek wouldn't get back till about Friday and would then have not been allowed out for 10 days, with no possibility to train.
That would have meant players missing the next two weekends of league games, as well as Champions League and Europa League games for those in Europe.
With no chance to train, players would then have had to recover their match fitness, all with the possibility of them going back on international duty in October for the next break.