FIFA announced final decision between Brazil and Argentina world cup boycott qualifiers
After reviewing the football associations’ arguments, the FIFA Appeal Committee concluded on Monday that the cancelled World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina must be replayed.
The qualification in September was called off minutes after it began when Brazilian health inspectors stormed the field, claiming that Argentina’s England-based players had broken the country’s COVID-19 quarantine laws.
Both countries have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, with Brazil finishing first and Argentina second in the South American standings.
However, FIFA, football’s regulatory body, ordered the match to be replayed in February.
“The Appeal Committee confirmed that the match would be replayed after analyzing both parties’ representations and considering all circumstances of the case,” FIFA stated in a statement.
“The fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,322) levied on both associations as a result of the desertion was also maintained by FIFA.”
FIFA also punished the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) for failing to maintain “order and safety.” In Monday’s appeal, the fines were reduced to 250,000 Swiss francs and 100,000 Swiss francs, respectively.
The AFA said last month that they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In June, Brazil and Argentina will play a friendly international at Melbourne Cricket Ground.