Brazil and Argentina have had their World Cup 2022 qualifier abandoned after Brazilian official stormed the pitch in order to detain three Argentina players for breaching COVID-19 protocols.
CONMEBOL's showpiece World Cup qualifier descended into chaos just five minutes into play when a group of officials stormed the pitch in Sao Paolo.
The visitors were understandably shocked with the turn of events as they initially fought back the protests from police officers and health officials.
The proclamations stemmed from an alleged breach of COVID-19 quarantine protocols by four Argentine Premier League players.
With mandatory quarantine and deportation advised by the Brazilian government, officials attempted to drag the players off the pitch.
A scuffle ensued as the Argentina players halted the arrest, prompting Lionel Messi to lead his teammates back down the tunnel.
"It was necessary to keep our sanitary protocol," said Antonio Barra Torres, the head of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (via Rede Globo).
"We called the federal police, that went to the hotel and we found out that they had already left for the Stadium. The rest is what you're watching live."
In a statement after the game, CONMEBOL wrote: "The World Cup Qualifiers is a FIFA competition.
"The referee and the match commissioner will submit a report to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will determine the steps to be followed. These procedures strictly adhere to current regulations."
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