FIFA confirms World Cup qualifiers will be replayed

The confrontation between one of the best teams in the world was scheduled to take place on September 5 in Sao Paulo, but it was stopped only 5 minutes after the start of the whistle after the intervention of the local health authorities, accusing four players from “Albiceleste” who were playing in the English Premier League for violating the protocol to combat the Corona virus. .

Representatives of the Health Agency and the Federal Police entered the field to stop the match, in complete confusion from everyone.

In February, FIFA decided to replay the match, banning 4 Argentine players for two matches, and fining the Argentine and Brazilian federations, which later announced the appeal of the decision.

“The Appeals Committee has confirmed that the match must be replayed and the fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (approximately 48,000 euros) imposed on both associations for the final suspension of the match must be maintained,” FIFA said in a statement.

The Appeals Committee also reduced the fine imposed on the Brazilian federation from 550,000 Swiss francs to 250,000 (about 240,000 euros), and on its Argentine counterpart from 250,000 to 100,000 Swiss francs (about 95,000 euros).

Although the match was not held, Brazil, led by its star Neymar and Argentina with legend Lionel Messi, booked their seats for the Qatar World Cup, which is scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 18, by placing first and second in the unified group.

The match will be marginal in terms of influencing the standings of the two teams, as “samba dancers” took the lead and “tango dancers” ranked second.

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