Brazil nix playing suspended WCQ vs. Argentina

Clubs

Products You May Like

Brazil have insisted they won’t play their suspended World Cup qualifying match against Argentina next month, arguing Wednesday that the risks are too high ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

The qualifier nearly one year ago in Sao Paulo was stopped by local health officials after six minutes due to COVID-19 protocols regarding four Argentinian players.

Sources: World Cup starts day earlier on Nov. 20
– Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access

FIFA fined the soccer bodies of both countries and demanded the match be played. Brazil’s confederation and Argentina’s federation took the case to the Court for Arbitration of Sport, which is expected to rule later in August. The game would be in September but FIFA has not set a date.

Brazil coach Tite does not want to play the match due to risks of injuries, suspensions and a potential boycott by the Argentinians, according to Brazilian confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues.

Brazilian media has reported the Selecao would rather play two friendlies in Europe.

“We will reach out to FIFA so this match is not played. I will make every effort to answer to the request of our coaching staff,” Rodrigues said in a statement. “Our priority is to win the World Cup in Qatar. If that match is not recommended by the coaching staff of the Selecao, we will work for it not to be played.”

Brazil and Argentina qualified regardless of that suspended encounter’s result.

In Qatar, Brazil is in Group G with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. Argentina is in Group C with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Pulisic out of USMNT’s WC warm-up with injury
Utd transfer plans ‘ahead of schedule’ – director
Southgate ready for flak after England relegation
Mourinho urges Roma to dive more: ‘Be a clown’
Berhalter: USMNT has ‘work to do’ before WC

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.