09/06/2021 at 12:14 AM CEST
The mismanagement of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already claimed 583,000 victims in Brazil due to its denial, experienced a global embarrassment in the sports field this Sunday. Brazil-Argentina, qualifying for Qatar 2022, which was played at the Neo Química Arena (in Sao Paulo), was suspended when, in the 6th minute with 0-0 on the scoreboard, members of the Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA ), and members of the Federal Police, accessed the pitch to arrest the four Argentine footballers who play in the Premier League. It is the never seen.
As reported by ANVISA in a very harsh tone, Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía, from Aston Villa, and Cuti Romero and Lo Celso, from Tottenham, failed to comply with the current Brazilian health protocol, at least in two aspects.
First of all, when they entered Brazil through the Sao Paulo International Airport on Friday, omitted from the traveler’s statement that they had been to the UK in the last 15 days. And, secondly, because They did not carry out the mandatory 10-day quarantine for all those people, whether Brazilian citizens or not, who have been in British territory the previous two weeks.
“These footballers need to be fined and deported & rdquor;, the director-president of ANVISA stated bluntly, Antonio Barra Torres placeholder image. What nobody understands in Brazil, nor in Argentina, is whether there has really been a breach of the regulations, why the agency waited 48 hours to act and had to do it with the superclassic at stake. The Dantesque spectacle, which already enters the annals of the Brazil-Argentina, could have been avoided.
WHY DIDN’T ANVISA ACT BEFORE THE MATCH?
La Albiceleste did not exactly hide during his stay in Sao Paulo. Friday he did his recovery training after his victory in Venezuela the previous day (1-3) at Parque Sao Jorge, the traditional headquarters of Corinthians. And Saturday he left the hotel again to go to exercise on the stage of the meeting. No member of the Sanitary Surveillance appeared in the two days.
The official version of ANVISA is that its agents, accompanied by members of the Federal Police, did appear on Sunday at the concentration hotel in Argentina, but that the Albiceleste delegation had already left in the direction of the Corinthians stadium.
Always according to ANVISA, its agents tried to enter the Argentine dressing room before the start of the match, but they did not succeed since Lionel Scaloni’s team voluntarily closed itself tightly preventing their access.
And therefore, they had no choice but to interrupt the game. Why the stops were not made during the warm-up or during the minutes leading up to the crash are unanswered questions left in the air.
ARGENTINA WANTED TO KEEP PLAYING
Once the match was interrupted, Argentina retired to its dressing room, but never refused to restart it despite all the organized show. His only condition was to be able to count on the four Premier League players, three of whom were starters. It was Leo Messi, captain of the Albiceleste, who personally communicated it to the members of the Seleçao. First he greeted effusively with his former colleague at Barça, Dani alves, in the changing room tunnel. And then there was an impromptu meeting on the lawn.
Leo and his coach, Lionel scaloni, on the part of Argentina, chatted in a cordial atmosphere with Tite, who was very angry about the performance of ANVISA, the national team coordinator, the former player Juninho Paulista, Neymar Jr. and the captains Casemiro and yesterday sanctioned Marquinhos.
The AFA defends itself against the accusations of the Brazilian authorities, arguing that it had the authorization of FIFA and Conmebol so that all his players could play the match and considers what happened an outrage.
Now the hot potato belongs to FIFA, which is the one who organizes all the phases of access to the World Cup, which will have to pass judgment. Throughout the mess, Brazil remained on the grass so that it was not characterized by abandoning the field of play. And the superclassic, when it was officially canceled, led to a training session for the Seleçao, which in the early hours of Thursday to Friday faces Peru, in Recife. An absurd image of a Kafkaesque day with many questions to be resolved.
There is no greater incongruity than the extreme right Jair bolsonaro, with his genocidal behavior during the pandemic, positioning himself in a Brazil-Argentina with only 1,500 guests in the stands as a bulwark in the defense of sanitary protocols, which, by the way, he himself fails to comply daily in his public appearances.