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Brazil are REFUSING to take part in re-arranged World Cup qualifier against Argentina next month

by: fifa2022newsnet

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Brazil are REFUSING to take part in their re-arranged World Cup qualifier against Argentina next month… but FIFA still want clash to go ahead despite both sides having already qualified and fierce rivalry posing the risk of suspensions

  • Brazil are refusing to play their re-arranged World Cup qualifier next month 
  • The side, coached by Tite, are scheduled to face Argentina on 22nd September 
  • The fixture was re-arranged from last year after breaches in Covid regulations 
  • Health officials stormed the pitch to seize four Argentina outfield players 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Brazil are refusing to play their re-arranged World Cup qualifier against Argentina next month on the grounds that it’s too dangerous ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

The qualifier was initially held a year ago but got called off after just six minutes by local health officials due to COVID-19 protocols regarding four Argentinian players. 

According to Brazilian confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues, Brazil’s coach Tite does not want to play the match due to risks of injuries, suspensions and a potential boycott by the Argentinians.

Brazil are refusing to play their re-arranged World Cup qualifier against Argentina

In a statement, Rodrigues said: ‘We will reach out to FIFA so this match is not played. I will make every effort to answer to the request of our coaching staff. Our priority is to win the World Cup in Qatar. If that match is not recommended by the coaching staff of the Selecao, we will work for it not to be played.’ 

The qualifier, which was set for last year, was scrapped after just seven minutes when health officials stormed the pitch to seize Cristian Romero, Emiliano Martinez, Emi Buendia and Giovani Lo Celso – as they failed to comply with Covid restrictions.

At the time, foreign travellers to Brazil who had been in the UK in the previous 14 were forbidden from entering the country.

The four players who had left England for international duty were accused of providing false information to Brazil’s authorities and ordered to quarantine ahead of the game.

Giovani Lo Celso (middle) was one of the Argentina players who breached Covid regulations

Giovani Lo Celso (middle) was one of the Argentina players who breached Covid regulations

Health officials stormed the pitch just six minutes into the game in Sao Paolo last year

Health officials stormed the pitch just six minutes into the game in Sao Paolo last year

The Premier League-based trio all served suspensions following FIFA’s investigation into September’s controversially abandoned qualifier in Brazil.

The FIFA disciplinary committee ordered the qualifier to be replayed at a location, which was due to be next month, and fined the Brazilian and Argentinian federations 500,000 and 200,000 Swiss francs respectively over order and security breaches – around £400,000 and £160,000 each.

Each federation was also hit with a further 50,000 Swiss francs (just under £40,000) fine over the abandonment.

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