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COVID Crazy: Brazilian Authorities Interrupt Soccer Match Because Of Protocols

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Brazilian health officials somehow found a way to outshine soccer superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar on Sunday. With the Argentina – Brazil match already underway, the Brazilian federal police and local health officials walked onto the pitch and attempted to remove multiple players from the Argentina team. Brazilian officials cited a failure to comply with COVID protocols as the reason for the invasion.

The World Cup qualifier was halted in the 7th minute when numerous coronabros decided to become part of the story. Prior to the match, four Argentina team members — Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero — were told they needed to quarantine and would be not be able to play because they were not in compliance with Brazil’s COVID-19 protocols. However, Martinez, Buendia, Lo Celso and Romero all said the hell with it and decided to play anyways.

Working harder than anyone should on a Sunday, Brazilian federal police and health officials attempted to strong arm the players into leaving, causing chaos and confusion.

“The decision to interrupt the match was never within (Brazilian health agency) Anvisa’s reach. However, fielding players who did not comply with Brazilian laws and health norms, and also offered false information to authorities did require the agency to act, at its time and its way,” said the Brazilian agency.

Play was eventually suspended by referees with the match tied 0-0.

Amid the chaos, Brazil threatened to deport the Argentinian players who ignored the country’s protocols.

“A match between some of the best in the world ends like this. I would like people in Argentina to understand that as a coach I have to take care of my players. If people come and say they have to deport them, I will not allow,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni told TyC Sports. “We wanted to play the match, so did the Brazilians.”

With a World Cup qualifier suspended, FIFA can’t mask the fact that they have a giant mess on their hands.

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. The pure insanity of this story is even worse than this. The Premier League teams in England unanimously agreed not to let players leave their clubs for the international break if the players were returning to “red list” countries. Brazil was one of those countries. Brazil pitched a fit and complained to FIFA about it. Now they interrupt a game between Argentina and Brazil claiming the four Argentine players failed to quarantine for 14 days because they were coming back from …wait for it … England. In other words, their complaint to FIFA looks absurd because their own 14-day quarantine rule meant that their own Brazilian players coming back from England would have also had to quarantine for 14 days and would not have been able to play this weekend. The world truly has gone COVID insane.

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