FIFA confirms the rematch of the Brazil-Argentina World Cup qualifier

After rejecting pleas from both national federations, FIFA ruled on Monday that the canceled 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina would be replayed.

Brazilian health authorities rushed the field seven minutes into the encounter between the South American titans in Sao Paulo on September 5, interrupting the game and sparking a confrontation among team officials and players.

Brazilian health authorities interrupting the game

Four Argentine players based on English teams at the time, according to Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), should have been put in “urgent quarantine” for violating Covid-19 guidelines.

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

The governing body of world football also fined the two national football federations, forcing both to file appeals.

The disciplinary committee of FIFA upheld the penalty of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,342) levied on both as a consequence of the desertion.

However, it lowered the Brazilian FA’s separate 500,000 Swiss franc punishment to 250,000 Swiss francs and half the Argentine FA’s original sanction of 200,000 Swiss francs.

Argentina’s football association said it will “request today the justifications for both rulings” before filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the second sanction and the decision to re-play the game.

Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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