FIFA confirms replay of abandoned World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina


PARIS, France, May 9FIFA confirmed on Monday that the abandoned 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina would be replayed, after rejecting appeals from both national federations.

Brazilian health officials stormed the pitch seven minutes into the September 5 clash between the South American giants in Sao Paulo, stopping the game and sparking a scrum involving team officials and players.

According to Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), four Argentine players based at English clubs at the time should have been placed in “immediate quarantine” for breaching Covid-19 protocols.

In February, FIFA ordered a replay and banned Cristian Romero, then Tottenham’s teammate Giovani Lo Celso, and Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia for two matches.

World football’s governing body has also imposed a series of fines on the two national football associations, prompting them both to appeal.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee upheld fines of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,342) imposed on the two following the retirement.

However, it reduced a separate fine of 500,000 Swiss francs imposed on the Brazilian FA to 250,000 Swiss francs and halved the original fine of 200,000 Swiss francs from the Argentine FA.

The Argentine football association said it would “request the reasons for both decisions today” before appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against its second fine and the decision to replay the match.

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Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

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