The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) expressed its “disagreement” with FIFA’s decision to resume the Brazil-Argentina match suspended on September 5 and stated that it is studying measures for a possible appeal.
The CBF stated in a concise note that “it asked FIFA for the reasons for the decision made” by the Disciplinary Commission so that it could be analyzed by the organization’s leadership.
Likewise, the Brazilian body promised to report “the measures it will adopt” to “sequence the process.”
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided on Monday that the South American qualifying match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup between Brazil and Argentina, suspended on September 5, be resumed at a place and date to be determined.
The meeting, in Sao Paulo, was suspended after five minutes by order of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil, which alleged that four Argentine players had skipped the COVID protocol.
Four Argentines, suspended and fines
In addition to forcing the match to be completed, FIFA imposed a two-game suspension on Argentine players Emiliano Buendía, Emiliano Martínez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero for not respecting health regulations, and fines on the federations of both countries.
The president of the Argentine Soccer Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia, anticipated on Monday that he would make “all the necessary efforts” to appeal the FIFA ruling.
Brazil and Argentina are already mathematically classified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which will be played between November 21 and December 18, so the match would not have any significance in the South American qualifiers.