The saga over Aston Villa pair Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia’s selection for Argentina has taken another dramatic twist amid claims Brazilian health authorities want the pair kicked out of the country.
With Argentina in Sao Paulo for a World Cup qualifier, due to be played tonight, it was reported earlier today that the Villa players, plus Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, could have faced a 14-day quarantine in the South American country before their return to England to carry out their 10-day isolation.
Brazil’s quarantine rules state that anyone coming into the country who has been in the United Kingdom in the two weeks previous has to quarantine for 14 days.
Reports in South America then claimed that the England-based quartet had been cleared to play against Brazil and will face no quarantine.
Now, less than two hours before the scheduled 8pm kick-off UK time, it has emerged that Brazilian health authorities want the four players deported.
South American football expert Tim Vickery tweeted just before 6pm UK time: “Real problems for the Brazil v Argentina game, due to kick off in 2 hours. The Brazilian health authorities want the immediate deportation of Argentina’s 4 Premier League players – three of whom are set to start the game.
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“The rules are being followed – football inside South America has been getting a ‘pass’ – but this special exemption does not apply to those coming from the UK.
Vickery added: “It all shows how badly this whole thing has been planned and thought out. The solution was so simple Use the time spent playing the Copa (an extra Copa) to catch up with World Cup qualifiers.”