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FIFA says Brazil and Argentina should play World Cup qualifiers

ZURICH ( Associated Press) – Brazil and Argentina lost their appeals to FIFA on Monday and will have to play a World Cup qualifying game that was abandoned amid chaos on the field in Sao Paulo last year. Due to the violation of the epidemic rule.

In one of the most bizarre scenes during a World Cup qualifying event, Brazilian health officials came to the field minutes after kickoff last September to dispute the quarantine status of some Argentine players.

Both nations easily qualified for the World Cup as the top two teams in the South American group of 10 nations, without the need to play abandoned games. They took part in a draw last month for the final tournament, which is to be played from November 21 to December. 18 in Qatar.

However, FIFA’s latest decision means Brazil and Argentina have to play their essentially meaningless 18th qualifying game, possibly in September.

This could be the second time the rivals meet before going to Qatar.

Since the original FIFA disciplinary decision in February – which imposed fines, player suspensions and ordered the replay of the qualifiers – the football federations of Brazil and Argentina have agreed to play a friendly game in Australia.

That “Superclassico” Scheduled for June 11 in Melbourne.

Both federations can challenge FIFA to overturn the order of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport again.

FIFA cut the amount on which both federations were fined. Brazil has now been ordered to pay 250,000 Swiss francs ($251,000) for “violations relating to order and safety” in the game. Argentina has now been fined 100,000 Swiss Francs ($100,500) for “obligations in connection with the preparation and participation of the match”.

Both will also pay 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) to leave the game.

Four Argentine players with Premier League clubs were accused of falsifying coronavirus announcements to enter Brazil for failing to tell they were red-listed in Britain in the past 14 days.

Emiliano Bendia, Emiliano Martínez, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were banned for two matches from games organized by FIFA.

Argentina will face Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia in the World Cup. Brazil will play Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon.


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