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Argentine Premier League players face Brazil after quarantine investigation

Max Cooper
Emiliano Martinez before the 2021 Copa America final
Emiliano Martinez before the 2021 Copa America final / Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa stars Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez were allowed to play for Argentina against Brazil, having been investigated in Brazil for allegedly breaching quarantine rules.

Many players have been denied an international call-up by their clubs due to quarantine rules but the quartet were given permission to join up with their Argentina teammates last week.

Brazil v Argentina: Final - Copa America Brazil 2021
Romero is one of the players under investigation / MB Media/Getty Images

Lo Celso, Romero, Buendia and Martinez were subsequently investigated in Brazil, with the Daily Mail noting that they had been accused of lying on their Covid-19 documentation

The quartet supposedly failed to declare that they had been in the United Kingdom in the past 14 days upon arriving in Sao Paulo on Friday. The players instead are alleged to have declared that they had spent time in Argentina and Venezuela over the past fortnight, despite very obviously being involved in Premier League clashes in England.

Brazilian laws state that anyone arriving from the UK or has spent time in the UK in the previous two weeks must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a hotel upon arrival into the country. On top of that, they then have would of had to serve a 10-day isolation period in the UK - ruling them out of action until the end of September.

That could have seen all four players miss three Premier League fixtures after the international break, with Spurs' stars would sit out London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal. However, that will now not happen after Martinez, Romero and Lo Celso were named in the starting lineup to face Brazil. Buendia, meanwhile, was confirmed as a substitute.

Emiliano Buendía
Buendia faces investigation / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Spurs' Lo Celso and Romero initially defied club orders not to join up with their Argentinian teammates during this international break, while Villa allowed their duo to head to South America on the premise that they would return prior to the final game against Bolivia later in the week.


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