Brazil and Argentina must replay abandoned World Cup qualifier, FIFA confirms

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FIFA has confirmed that Brazil and Argentina will have to play a World Cup qualifier in September last year after rejecting applications from both international football federations.

The first match in Sao Paolo was abandoned just five minutes after Brazilian health officials entered the stadium, with players Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Cristian Romero, and Giovani Lo Celso accused by the Brazilian government of giving false information about their immigration forms and breaking the law. Covid-19 country laws.

FIFA’s first decision on the matter was announced in February, ordering the replay and all four of the players suspended and fined by both sides.

The federation then applied to oppose the measures, but FIFA has now confirmed that the match will be played on an undisclosed date and venue.

A statement issued by the world football governing body on Monday said: “The FIFA Appeals Committee has decided on complaints filed by the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and the Argentina Football Association (AFA).

“After reviewing the arguments of both parties and considering all the circumstances of the case, the Appeals Committee confirmed that the match would be repeated and agreed to the CHF 50,000 fine imposed on both parties for their dismissal.

Brazil and Argentina both qualified for the tournament in Qatar in a comfortable fashion, with Brazil sitting at the top of the CONMEBOL group with 45 points after an undefeated campaign, with Argentina in second place with 39 points, meaning the replay will not affect. in the last stand.

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