Four Premier League players have been banned for two international matches by FIFA for their role in Argentina’s abandoned World Cup qualifier with Brazil in September.
The suspended World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil will be repeated later. The match was called off a few minutes after Brazilian officials stormed the stadium.
The announcement was made by FIFA which said it would be played again in a neutral location. Both Argentina and Brazil FAs were fined.
Lionel Scaloni will not be able to count four Argentine players in two games as Cristian Romero, Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, and Gio Lo Celso have all been suspended for two matches each. Those are the four players who were all based in the Premier League at the time of that game.
A FIFA statement read out on penalties reads: “After a thorough investigation into various facts and applicable laws, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided that the match will be repeated on the date and venue to be determined by FIFA.
In addition, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concluded that the cancellation of the match was due to a number of deficiencies on the part of the parties involved in fulfilling their obligations and/or obligations in respect of the original.
“Accordingly, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee also decided to suspend Argentine players Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso, and Cristian Romero for two matches each for violating the FIFA Return to Football International Match Protocol.”
FIFA also ordered Brazil to pay £ 300,000 and Argentina £ 160,000 for the next match, and both countries will have to pay a £ 40,000 fine for the match.