Brazil vs Argentina has been suspended by Conmebol: There were shocking scenes in the South American World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina.
The match was stopped after just four minutes when the Brazilian authorities sought to deport four Albiceleste players.
The drama started in the hours before the match, as reports emerged that Argentine’s Premier League quartet of Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Emiliano Buendia were to be deported because they hadn’t correctly filled out quarantine paperwork for those arriving in Brazil who had recently been in England.
Police were sent to the Argentina national hotel in Sao Paulo, but the problem appeared to be settled by CONMEBOL when the visitors arrived at the stadium and Martinez, Romero, and Lo Celso were named to the starting lineup.
The World Cup qualifier was paused four minutes after the ball was kicked off due to a ruckus on the sidelines, with police looking to reopen the investigation.
The Argentina team walked off the pitch and retired to the dressing room after some heated scenes and minor scuffles, while the Brazil team stayed on the pitch and, lead by Neymar, attempted to figure out what was going on.
Dani Alves collected Messi from the dressing room to come and talk with the Brazil captains and with the coaches Tite and Lionel Scaloni. After that conversation, Messi returned to the tunnel, where players from both squads mixed and discussed these scandalous scenes.