Argentine Premier League players placed in isolation by Brazilian authorities ahead of World Cup qualification

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Argentine Premier League players placed in isolation by Brazilian authorities ahead of World Cup qualification


Brazilian health regulator Anvisa has called for the immediate isolation of four Argentinian players just hours before the Copa America champions face Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo.

Anvisa said the players should have been quarantined upon arrival as they had spent time in the UK in the previous 14 days.

Although he has not named the four, the Premier League club players are Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez from Aston Villa and Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa started in goal for Argentina on Sunday

Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero were each named in Argentina’s starting lineup, with Buendia the only player of the four to be missed.

“Anvisa considers the situation to be a serious health risk and has therefore asked local health authorities to determine the immediate quarantine of the players, who are barred from participating in any activity and should be prevented from remaining on Brazilian soil”, Anvisa said in a statement.

The Argentina team flew to Brazil on Friday, the day after their 3-1 victory over Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier in Caracas.

Under Brazilian rules, visitors who have stayed in the UK within 14 days of entering the country must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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Emiliano Buendia (center) joined Aston Villa from Norwich this summer

Anvisa was told that the four players did not include this information on their immigration forms and said on Sunday that they confirmed the details provided were “false”.

The confusion arose just hours before the two big rivals faced off at Corinthians Arena – the match will start at 8 p.m. BST.

Spokesmen for the Argentina team and CONMEBOL – the South American Football Confederation – did not respond to requests for comment.

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