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Brazil and Argentina's World Cup qualifier was brought to a halt after public health officials tried to get Argentinian players off the pitch amid allegations of lying about their travel and quarantine in South America.
Public health officials from Brazil waited until after the game kicked off before deciding to take matters into their own hands.
Those officials felt four Argentinian players should have been deported before the game due to travelling from England and failing to qualify upon their arrival in South America.
According to Brazilian travel rules, any foreign person who has passed through the United Kingdom, South Africa, Northern Ireland or India in the last 14 days, is prevented from entering Brazil.
Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency says that "the players in question declared that they have not passed through any of the four countries with restrictions in the last 14 days."
The quartet are believed to be Premier League stars Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa and Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero of Tottenham.
Instead of trying to get the four players banned before the game, officials waited until the seventh minute before taking matters into their own hands.
Three of the alleged players in question started for Argentina, in the form of Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero.
But Buendia was left on the bench for the World Cup qualifier.
Brazilian officials were told the players arrived in Brazil by flight from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to Guarulhos, which is near Sao Paolo.
Once it was confirmed that the information they received was false, Brazilian health authority reportedly notified the federal police.
Players were then urged to quarantine or leave the country.
Villa goalkeeper Martinez even attempted to make light of the situation, posting a picture of his shirt from inside the dressing room with an Argentina flag and a wink emoji alongside it.
CONMEBOL are understood to have told Brazil that if they didn't allow the Premier-League based players play, they will face a points deduction.
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