FIFA will make Brazil and Argentina replay last September’s abandoned World Cup qualifier after rejecting an appeal.The match in Sao Paolo was called off...
FIFA will make Brazil and Argentina replay last September’s abandoned World Cup qualifier after rejecting an appeal.
The match in Sao Paolo was called off after officials, said to be Brazilian medical chiefs, stormed onto the field five minutes into the game.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero, and Giovani Lo Celso had been accused by the Brazilian government of providing false information on immigration forms and breaking COVID-19 laws. Lo Celso left Tottenham for Villarreal on loan in January.
In February, FIFA ruled the match should be replayed, with those four players suspended and both teams fined.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that they had appealed the decision, but that was rejected by FIFA on Monday.
Both sides have already qualified for the World Cup, finishing in the top two places of CONMEBOL qualifying. The result of the match will be immaterial.
FIFA have not confirmed the date and location of the replay.
A FIFA statement said: “The FIFA Appeal Committee has taken decisions on the appeals lodged by the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) against the decisions issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on the abandoned Brazil vs Argentina match in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers on 5 September 2021.
“After analysing the submissions of both parties and considering all circumstances of the case, the Appeal Committee confirmed that the match would be replayed and also upheld the fine of CHF 50,000 that was imposed on both associations as a result of the abandonment.”
However, FIFA decided to reduce a further fine placed on Brazil from 550,000 Swiss francs to 250,000, and one levied on Argentina from 250,000 Swiss francs to 100,000.FIFA reject appeal and will make Brazil and Argentina play abandoned World Cup qualifier - The Athletic View Story