09/06/2021 at 01:40 CEST
The world has witnessed yet another episode in the eternal bust between Brazil and Argentina. After the albiceleste won the Copa América in Maracana a couple of months ago, the reunion between the two superpowers of South American soccer was much shorter than anyone could have anticipated. The game lasted five minutes until the Brazilian government health inspectors stormed the field to deport four Argentine players: Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Emiliano Buendía.
Nobody gave credit to the scene, even Neymar and Messi shared faces of confusion after seeing how their revenge was completely stopped by the intervention of these secondary actors from the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa). After a cross of accusations, the Rio de Janeiro leaders pointed out to these four footballers of lying on their entry forms to the country, since they came from Great Britain – a country vetoed by Brazil by Covid-19 – having accessed illegally.
The strange thing is that the stay of these four footballers in the country had already lasted for days and it was very ‘casual’ when they came to deport them. Not surprisingly, goalkeeper Martínez, Lo Celso and Romero were on the field as headlines when the events occurred. The authorities gave the option to continue the game without them, but Argentina flatly refused because it asserted that CONMEBOL had authorized them to play with them. However, Brazil took refuge in the fact that its players who are in Great Britain had not traveled for this matter as is the case of goalkeeper Allison.
“We have been here for three days. They waited for the game to start, why didn’t they warn before, why didn’t they go to the hotel? They warned and that’s it. The world is looking at us,” complained a Messi who did not give credit to the scene. The fact is that the match has no date and joins the black list of matches that have experienced unpleasant incidents in recent years such as the final of the Copa Libertadores between Boca and River that finally had to be played in Madrid in 2019 or recently. in Barranquilla when a pitched battle was mounted between the fans who wanted to enter to witness the Colombia-Argentina, forcing 4,500 police officers to intervene.
The fact is that because of the stage, the players present and the millionaire audience we can calmly talk about one of the biggest scandals in world football. It must be remembered that this FIFA window for the World Cup qualifying matches was already surrounded by scandal as the match schedule had been extended until Friday, causing great annoyance in the Premier League, Serie A and the Spanish League.