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Health Authorities Invade World Cup Pitch

Moments after kick-off, health authorities confronted Argentine players who should've been in quarantine

A world cup qualifier has been suspended after health officials invaded the pitch to confront three Argentine players who broke quarantine rules.

The game was between Brazil and Argentina, and only a few minutes after kick-off, health officials made their way onto the pitch, disrupting game play. It’s just nice to see a soccer match disrupted with something other than a flare.

Brazilian Football Confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues was pretty disappointed at the timing of health authorities. Look, it’s still better than arriving on the pitch with only a few minutes of game play left. Apparently he was upset that they waited until the game started before resolving the issue. On the bright side, at least they didn’t invade the pitch naked.

If someone has visited the UK 14 days prior to entering Brazil, then they must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. The Argentine players who were forced to isolate apparently gave health authorities false information on their immigration forms, but were later caught out. Apparently having your face plastered on national television makes it difficult to hide from the government.

After consideration, the match was suspended until a later date, with FIFA officials stating, “that following a decision by the match officials, the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Brazil vs. Argentina has been suspended. Further details will follow in due course."