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Police Investigating 4 Argentines Over World Cup Qualifier Chaos

Sep 6, 2021, 1:57 PM
Argentina vs. Brazil - WC Qualifier...
Players leave the area after the World Cup Qualifier game between Brazil and Argentina at Arena Corinthians on September 05, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The World Cup Qualifier game between Brazil and Argentina has been suspended due to health reasons on Sunday. Brazilian Health Authorities storm field to deport 4 Premier League players accused of not complying with coronavirus rules. (Photo by Marcello Zambrana/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
(Photo by Marcello Zambrana/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s federal police is investigating four Argentina footballers for allegedly providing false travel information upon arrival for a World Cup qualifying match.

Chaos ensued when the Brazil-Argentina qualifier was interrupted after seven minutes by agents from the country’s health agency Anvisa.

The agents insisted they should take Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero to the airport for breaching coronavirus protocols.

The health agency said the Argentina officials knew before the game that the four England-based players should not play because they were supposed to be in mandatory hotel quarantine.

But Argentine officials say they followed all protocols. FIFA is also investigating.

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