FIFA says Brazil and Argentina must play World Cup qualifiers

ZURICH (AP) — Brazil and Argentina lost their appeals to FIFA on Monday and will have to play the World Cup qualifier that was scrapped last year in Sao Paulo amid on-field chaos caused by violations of the rules of the pandemic.

In one of the most bizarre scenes in the World Cup qualifying programme, Brazilian health officials took to the pitch minutes after kick-off last September to challenge the quarantine status of some players. Argentinians.

Both countries easily qualified for the World Cup as the top two teams in the South American Group of 10 Nations without having to play the abandoned game. They entered the draw last month for the final tournament, which is due to be played from November 21 to December 21. 18 in Qatar.

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

This may be the second time the rivals have met before heading to Qatar.

Since FIFA’s initial disciplinary decision in February – which imposed fines, player suspensions and an order to replay the qualifying game – the football associations of Brazil and Argentina have agreed to play a friendly match in Australia.

This “Superclasico” is scheduled for June 11 in Melbourne.

The two federations could again challenge FIFA in the context of an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to annul the replay order.

FIFA has reduced the amount of the fines imposed on the two federations. Brazil have now been ordered to pay 250,000 Swiss francs ($251,000) for “order and security offences” at the game. The Argentine has now been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,500) for “obligations related to the preparation and his participation in the match”.

The two will also pay 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) for quitting the game.

Four Argentinian players with Premier League clubs have been charged with falsifying coronavirus declarations to enter Brazil by failing to declare they had been in Britain on the red list in the previous 14 days.

Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have been banned for two games from FIFA organized matches.

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

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