Brazil and Argentina face FIFA discipline

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Disciplinary proceedings have been opened by FIFA against Argentina and Brazil over the chaos that led to their World Cup qualifier being suspended.

Sunday's match was halted after seven minutes on Sunday when Brazilian health officials stormed the field to question the quarantine status of players.

FIFA did not specify which regulations the football federations from Argentina and Brazil were being investigated for breaching.

Four of Argentina's English Premier League players were accused of flouting quarantine requirements in Sao Paulo and of falsifying Brazilian coronavirus declarations by not stating they had been in red-listed Britain in the previous 14 days.

FIFA cited ongoing legal procedures as the reason it could not provide specifics on the alleged rule breaches or comment on whether it could also have been partly culpable, along with South American confederation CONMEBOL, for the saga that led to the game being halted.

"Following the analysis of the official match reports related to the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Brazil and Argentina, FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened involving both member associations," FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The two teams were asked to provide further information on the facts that led to the suspension of the match, which will be gathered and then thoroughly reviewed by FIFA's disciplinary committee."

But FIFA itself could technically be partly culpable, too, as the organisers of the qualifier which appointed the match delegate, whose role is to oversee that regulations are being adhered to.

CONMEBOL could also come under scrutiny, after a Brazilian health ministry document sent to the organisation's president Alejandro Dominguez said a final request for a quarantine exemption was rejected for the EPL quartet Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.

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