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Official reason why the Brazil-Argentina World Cup qualifiers game was Suspended

According to reports, Brazil vs Argentina game has been stopped because the Brazilian Federal Police have walked onto the pitch to detain 4 Argentinian players (Romero, Lo Celso, Buendia and Emiliano Martinez) who lied to enter the country.

Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero, Emi Buendia and Lo Celso lied about having been in England within the last 2 weeks in order to enter Brazil. Anvisa (an organ from Brazil’s Health Ministry) was alerted about this breach earlier today.

Anvisa and federal police went to the Argentina team hotel to detain and deport the 4 players in question, but they had already gone to the stadium. Brazil’s Federal Government negotiated with CBF and Conmebol to give an exemption to the Argentinian players, which was granted. 

Anvisa, meanwhile, rejected this motion and headed to the stadium. As is customary of São Paulo, traffic from the team hotel where Anvisa officials were was awful and they were stuck in traffic, delaying their arrival to the stadium. 

Upon arrival to the stadium, Anvisa officials and federal police met with CBF and Conmebol officials, who told them the match could proceed. Anvisa, meanwhile, said no chance and overruled them. By this point, the match had already started. Anvisa officials and federal police took to the sideline to chat to the Argentinian FA.

After discussions with the Argentina sideline, Anvisa officials and federal police marched onto the field and halted the match. Argentina players walked off the pitch. Anvisa and the federal police are still trying to get to the 4 Argentinian players involved in the matter, while the entire Argentina team is in the dressing room.

Discussions currently going on behind the scenes at the stadium between Anvisa officials, CBF, Argentina FA, federal police, and Conmebol staff as to how to proceed. 

Official announcement released stating that play has been halted due to 4 of Argentina’s players lying and failing to follow health regulations and Covid protocols. 

Part of Argentina’s squad have locked themselves in the dressing room and are refusing to let federal police or Anvisa officials to enter. Reports emerging that São Paulo’s traffic authority is organising a coach and an escort for Argentina’s squad to leave the stadium. The destination is not specified.

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