CEO of Anvisa says that the four Argentine players need to be deported from Brazil and that releasing action would be ‘absurd’ | Science and Health

The director-president of Anvisa, Antônio Barra Torres, said that Argentina’s players had not complied with the “sanitary rules of the country” when taking the field this Sunday (5) for the Argentine national team against Brazil at Arena Corinthians. “Unfortunately, of course, it was not complied with [a determinação da Anvisa].”

He denied an agreement to play the game. “These four players need to be deported from Brazil,” he said in an interview with Galvão Bueno, on TV Globo. Releasing the game would be “absurd”, he said.

The match was canceled, informed the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

Anvisa stops Brazil-Argentina game — Photo: REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Emiliano Martínez, Buendía, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, four players from Argentina’s national team, made false health statements on the form upon entering Brazil, said the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). Three of them were on the field when the match started; one was in the stands.

The entity communicated the fact to the Federal Police so that “measures within the scope of the police authority are taken immediately”, according to the note from Anvisa.

Anvisa asked the authorities of the state of São Paulo to isolate the four and stated that they cannot remain in Brazil.

“Anvisa considers the situation a serious health risk, and therefore advised the local health authorities to determine the immediate quarantine of players, who are prevented from participating in any activity and must be prevented from remaining in Brazilian territory“, says the organ in a statement.

But, according to GE, an agreement between the federal government, CBF and Conmebol would allow the four to participate in the game. The commitment is that they leave the country soon after departure. But as soon as the game started, authorities took to the field to stop the match, and all the Argentine athletes returned to the locker room.

These four Argentines play for English clubs (Emiliano Martínez at Aston Villa, and Cristian Romero and Lo Celso, at Tottenham). Travelers who have been to the UK, South Africa, Northern Ireland and India in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering Brazil.

The four should have been quarantined upon arriving in Brazil, but they didn’t.

Brazil and Argentina face off this Sunday for the World Cup qualifiers

Brazil and Argentina face off this Sunday for the World Cup qualifiers

Before traveling to São Paulo, they were in Venezuela. “However, unofficial news reached Anvisa reporting alleged false statements made by such travelers,” said Anvisa.

For the agency, it is a “notorious non-compliance” with an inter-ministerial ordinance and with the norms of Brazilian immigration control.

The Civil House of the Brazilian government can give an authorization for players to remain in the country, according to the ge.

Brazil and Argentina face off at the Neo Química Arena, in São Paulo, for the qualifiers for the World Cup, which should have taken place in March, but was postponed because of the pandemic.

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