FIFA orders for Brazil vs Argentina 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be replayed

FIFA Brazil vs Argentina 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The FIFA Appeal Committee has ruled that the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina must be replayed.

The verdict was reached after considering the appeals filed by the countries’ football associations.

The qualifier in September was abandoned just minutes after kickoff, when Brazilian health officials came onto the pitch to stop Argentina’s players in England from playing.

They claimed the players had breached the country’s COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Brazilian health authorities invaded the pitch to stop the game after accusing four of Argentina’s English Premier League players of violating the country’s COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Tottenham Hotspur duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were on the Neo Quimica Arena field as part of Argentina’s team when officials from Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa halted the match.

“After analysing the submissions of both parties and considering all circumstances of the case, the Appeal Committee confirmed that the match would be replayed,” FIFA said in a statement.

“[FIFA] also upheld the fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,322) that was imposed on both associations as a result of the abandonment,” it added.

Both teams have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, with Brazil topping the South American standings and Argentina finishing second.

FIFA had also fined Brazil’s FA (CBF) and Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) for their failure to ensure “order and safety.”

Those fines were reduced to 250,000 Swiss francs and 100,000 Swiss francs in Monday’s appeal.