Lionel Messi voiced his anger as Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Brazil was postponed after well being officers accused Premier League gamers of breaking COVID quarantine guidelines.
There have been weird scenes on the World Cup qualifier as well being officers and police interrupted the match after 5 minutes over alleged breaches of quarantine guidelines.
Brazilian well being officers stated the four-UK primarily based gamers within the Argentina squad, Tottenham pair Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, in addition to Aston Villa duo Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez, had did not quarantine.
Authorities guidelines in Brazil state that any individual coming into the nation having lately been within the UK should observe a interval of 14 days’ isolation.
Messi, who’s Argentina’s captain, led his gamers off the pitch and reportedly stated to officers: “Take heed to me! We’ve been right here for 3 days and have been ready for the sport. Why are you doing this simply now!?”
Argentina additionally feared their 4 Premier League stars can be deported straight again to the UK from Brazil.
South American soccer skilled Tim Vickery informed talkSPORT: “It was apparent there was going to be an issue the day earlier than, Saturday, as a result of 4 of the Argentina squad are primarily based within the UK.
“Premier League gamers Martinez and Buendia of Aston Villa and Lo Celso and Romero of Tottenham.
“Simply as Brazil is on the crimson record for the UK, the UK is on the crimson record for Brazil. Any non-Brazilian who has been within the UK during the last 14 days has to enter a interval of quarantine once they arrive in Brazil.
“The 4 Argentines, after they performed a World Cup qualifier in Venezuela on Thursday, flew to Brazil on Friday morning and it appears they didn’t declare they’d been within the UK within the earlier 14 days.
“It was very, very straightforward to show. You simply had to have a look at who was enjoying within the Premier League.
“From this level, we had been going to have an issue.
“The Brazilian well being authority had been already kicking up a fuss about this on Saturday.”
Vickery added: “After staying on the stadium for a very long time, Argentina go to the airport and the gamers involved weren’t deported.
“That was a worry among the many Argentina camp that they might be deported straight again to the UK.
“As an alternative, they are going to be arriving again in Argentina and have one other World Cup qualifier at house to Bolivia on Thursday.”
The Premier League golf equipment gave the gamers particular dispensation to journey to play within the World Cup qualifiers.
There was an settlement that every one 4 wouldn’t play in Wednesday’s recreation in Bolivia, so they might solely miss one recreation for his or her membership.
However had they been compelled to quarantine for 2 weeks in Brazil, it will have meant them lacking a far better chunk of video games.
The gamers might also journey through one other European nation, to allow them to keep on coaching.
Vickery stated: “Except they ship them to Spain or Croatia the place they will spend a while and practice.
“That’s the important factor, the ten days in a lodge room you possibly can’t maintain your bodily situation.
“I feel the plan is to ship them someplace else the place they will maintain coaching after which are available with out quarantine.”
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