FIFA has ruled on Monday that the abandoned World Cup qualifying fixture between Brazil and Argentina will be replayed.

Iran PressEurope: The match at the NeoQuimica Arena in Sao Paulo was halted in farcical fashion after five minutes when Brazilian health officials invaded the pitch to stop Argentina's England-based players, who they accused of breaching the country's COVID-19 quarantine rules, from playing.

"After a thorough investigation of the various factual elements and in light of the applicable regulations, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided that the match should be replayed on a date and at a location to be decided by FIFA," it said in a statement.

"In addition, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has concluded that the abandonment of the match stemmed from several deficiencies of the parties involved."

The four England-based players, Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso, and Cristian Romero, were each banned for two international matches by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for failing to comply with the world governing body’s COVID-19 protocols.

FIFA also fined the Brazilian and Argentine football associations 500,000 Swiss francs ($540,000) and 200,000 Swiss francs, respectively, for their failure to ensure "order and safety".


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