The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Brazil and Argentina was stopped in the 38th minute -not bye the match referee – but by Brazilian health surveillance agency (ANVISA)who insisted four players of Argentina circumvented Covid-19 regulations in the country.
The game which was taking place at the Neo Química Arena in São Paulo did not continue again with the score at 0-0.
Since June 2021 there has been new regulations that foreigners who have spent the last 14 days in the United Kingdom, India, South Africa or Northern Ireland had to quarantine for 14 days when they enter Brazil.
According to the Brazilian health officials the four Argentina players – Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspurs, Emialiano Martinez of West Ham United, Tottenham’s Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia of Aston Villa – flouted the rules.
As a result officials of ANVISA entered the pitch at the 38th minute and suspended the game.
The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) is an autarchy linked to the Ministry of Health, part of the Brazilian National Health System (SUS) as the coordinator of the Brazilian Health Regulatory System (SNVS), present throughout the national territory.