On Sunday night, turmoil reigned in Sao Paulo as Brazil’s high-profile World Cup qualifier versus Argentina was called off after only 11 minutes due to remarkable circumstances.
Brazil’s health inspectors stormed the pitch at Corinthians’ Neo Quimica Arena after protesting to Argentina players’ participation, which they believe violated quarantine restrictions.
Just hours before the match, Brazil’s health agency Anvisa ordered four of Argentina’s Premier League players to quarantine: Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, and Tottenham’s Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.
Visitors to Brazil who visited the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to their arrival are required to quarantine for 14 days.
Argentina’s players exited the field and returned to the dressing room after the disruption, with it uncertain whether the match would resume until it was established that it had been suspended.