Brazil’s health regulator calls for deportation of 4 Argentine footballers

Brazil's health regulator calls for deportation of 4 Argentine footballers

The National Health Surveillance Agency requested the isolation of Emiliano Martínez, Emiliano Buendía, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa, regulator) of Brazil asked this Sunday at Brazilian Federal Police the isolation or immediate deportation of four footballers of the Argentina National Team that, according to the entity, they lied in immigration on the demands during the pandemic.

The body indicated in a statement, without citing names, that it asked the civil authorities for “mandatory quarantine or immediate return to the country of origin“of the footballers, after detecting”non-compliance with the country’s sanitary rules and, supposedly, declaring false information in an official form. “

The athletes in question are Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) and Cristian Romero and Giovani lo celso (Tottenham Hotspur), who, after performing the previous week with their London clubs, traveled to South America to join the Argentine team.

The four footballers were on Thursday in the victory of Argentina by 1-3 in Caracas on the local Venezuela and from the Venezuelan capital they traveled with the entire delegation Argentina to Sao Paulo, where they will face this Sunday against Brazil in the South American qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Current Brazilian sanitary regulations require that people who were in the UK, India and South Africa in the last 14 days must comply with a mandatory quarantine, which originally had to be fulfilled in Guarulhos, where the Cumbica international airport is located, which operates for Sao Paulo.

The Justice later determined that this quarantine was no longer strict in the Guarulhos municipality and could be carried out in people’s residences or hotels, with the supervision of the local health authorities that control the COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and the Regional Secretariat of Health of Sao Paulo were also notified, after the Anvisa “He confirmed that the information provided by the travelers was false.”

The entity also pointed out that “considers the situation of serious health risk and, therefore, directed the local health authorities for immediate quarantine, so they are prevented from participating in any activity “.

The participation of the athletes was in doubt for the match to be played this Sunday at the Arena Neo Química stadium in Sao Paulo and which will face the undefeated Brazil, leader of the tie with 21 points and 100 percent performance, and his escort Argentina, with 15 units.

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