The interruption of the match between Brazil and Argentina for the qualifiers by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) was criticized by the press in the neighboring country. Among adjectives like “cardboard” and “scandal”, the news of the abrupt cancellation of the game gave way to speculation about the interests of “Brasil de Bolsonaro”.
With the Brazilian decision to host the Copa América after Argentina and Colombia refused the tournament, even with the advance of the covid-19 pandemic in the country, the interruption of the confrontation last Sunday (5) was questioned by the Argentine press.
Attributing the event to a “Brazil by Bolsonaro and nothing to do with Brazil by Neymar”, the website El Diario Ar suggested what appears to be “an internal coup by the Jair Bolsonaro government of the Brazilian Football Confederation”, since the the latter, “this suspension is not convenient: the players and the coach wanted to continue playing because they know that FIFA dislikes this type of intrusion”.
La Nación described the case as “an unprecedented scandal”, mentioning the Argentine national team’s visit to the locker room after the appearance of the Brazilian authorities in the field. “Nobody knows how this story will continue. It will be a long discussion, which has already started. What no one will be able to do is to stifle this worldwide scandal.”
Clarín, on the other hand, reported that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro (no party) would have made calls to try to ensure the match was held, without success.
The Argentine ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli, accompanied the Argentine delegation at the airport to prevent athletes accused of violating sanitary rules from being deported.
The national director of Migration in Argentina, Florencia Carignano, posted on her Twitter about the interruption of the game: “If Brazil considered that the country from which Argentine players came as a risk zone, in addition to the protocol established by FIFA, it could have acted upon entering its territory,” he wrote. “Waiting for three days and entering the field by suspending a game seems more like an act than a sanitary measure.”
understand the case
Anvisa paralyzed the game between Brazil and Argentina for the World Cup qualifiers under the allegation that four Argentine players violated Brazilian health rules. The Brazilian body determines that visitors who have been to the United Kingdom must comply with a 14-day quarantine, a measure that was not taken by athletes Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía, players in the English championship.
After ANVISA agents invaded the field with about five minutes into the game and the Argentine team abandoned the match, Conmenbol stated that the dispute was canceled by decision of the referee of the match.
According to the director-president of Anvisa, Antônio Barra Torres, the four athletes had been warned that they were not complying with the country’s sanitary regulations.
“After a meeting with the health authorities, it was confirmed, after consulting the passports of the four players involved, that the athletes failed to comply with the rule for the entry of travelers on Brazilian soil, provided for in Interministerial Ordinance No. 655, of 2021”, he said in a statement , Anvisa.
Edition: Thales Schmidt