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'Embarrassment' - Lionel Messi's Reply to Brazil Health Officials After World Cup Qualifier Was Suspended

Arjun Singh Devgan
Brazil v Argentina FIFA World Cup qualifier was abandoned after Brazilian police and health officials stormed the pitch
Brazil v Argentina FIFA World Cup qualifier was abandoned after Brazilian police and health officials stormed the pitch / Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images
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The CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying game between heavyweights, Brazil and Argentina at the Corinthians Arena was witness to chaotic scenes which led to the match being abandoned after Brazilian police and health officials stormed on to the pitch.

The police and health officials stormed on to the pitch just minutes into the game due to an apparent COVID-19 protocol breach involving four Argentina players who are currently playing in the Premier League.

It’s been reported that Tottenham Hotspur duo, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, as well as Aston Villa pair of Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia, failed to disclose that they were entering from the UK upon entering Brazil.

This interruption did not go down well with Messi, who could be heard screaming at health officials after they stormed the pitch during the game. According to Roy Nemer, the 34-year-old said that "It’s an embarrassment" before pointing out that the Argentina national team have been in Brazil for three days and ‘nothing happened’.

"Listen to me! We've been here for 3 days and have been waiting for the game to start telling us we can't play!?," Messi had reportedly blurted out.

Government rules in Brazil state that any person entering the country having recently been in the UK must observe a period of 14 days' isolation. The four Premier League players have been accused of not declaring that they had been in the UK when under investigation by the local authorities.

However, as per the Dailymail, the above mentioned players have stated that they had actually been in Argentina and Venezuela rather than the UK, and it will be interesting to see how this saga plays out in the future.

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