Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) – Argentina national team coach Lionel Scoloni on Thursday called on FIFA to decide on a rescheduling of the match against Brazil for the South American qualifier, to be fielded in 2021 by Brazilian health officials. was suspended.
“It’s hard to understand that FIFA doesn’t make any decisions,” the strategist told reporters in Buenos Aires, where he lives, before moving to Spain.
Barely minutes into the South American Classic played on September 5, Brazilian health officials entered the Sao Paulo ground to remove four Argentine players who allegedly failed to comply with coronavirus quarantine requirements.
Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martínez, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, who play for English league clubs, were accused of mishandling their coronavirus announcements by not indicating they were in Great Britain, a country that Which was on the red list then. The cause of the pandemic is considered a health risk.
Six months later and both teams had already qualified for the World Cup, FIFA ordered the match to be restarted, but never set a date or venue. He also suspended two games for Argentine players – Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero making regular starts in the national team – and fined two confederations.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) appealed against the decision.
Scoloni lamented that the uncertainty about the resumption of that match makes it difficult to prepare his team for the World Cup, which starts in Qatar in November, as the only date available is in September when friendly matches will be played.
“He is disrupting our plans with this issue. We are one and a half months away from that date and we don’t know who we are going to play with or where we are going to play”, assured the coach. “I find the situation in the match with Brazil unusual.”