The saga involving the match between Brazil and Argentina is far from over, as it’s now time for FIFA and local authorities to investigate the facts that saw the game’s suspension.
On Sunday, the Brazilian health agency stopped the match from happening because four players were supposed to have quarantined when entering the country. Those were Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso.
The players were accused of lying when landing in Brazil, as they were supposed to inform authorities that they had recently been in the United Kingdom. Now they’re all under further investigation.
“We opened the establishment of a process to investigate the possible crime of ideological falsehood,” the Federal Police told EFE today.
According to Globo Esporte, Argentina made a formal request on Saturday for an exception for those players, asking the Brazilian government to let all four take part in the match. By that time, the Premier League footballers had already been in the country and ignored the quarantine rules.
The Health Ministry turned down the request only 50 minutes before the game, and five minutes after the kick off, officers entered the pitch to try to take them away. That’s when Argentina decided to walk off.
It’s now FIFA who’ll decide who’s right and who’s wrong regarding the match’s suspension. Now the Aston Villa and Tottenham players have other problems to sort, because besides rebelling against their clubs, they may have committed a crime when landing in Brazil.