The Playoff match between Brazil and Argentina for the South American Qualifiers was suspended by health authorities Brazilians for an alleged irregularity in the arrival to the country of 4 visiting players and now FIFA must define what will happen with the match and if there will be penalties.
The incident occurred after 5 minutes of play at the Neo Química Arena stadium in Sao Paulo, in a match on the sixth day of the road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, when Brazilian health prosecutors stormed the stadium lawn.
Minutes later, CONMEBOL confirmed the suspension of the match “by decision of the referee”, who will submit a report to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which will determine the steps to follow.
Before the game, both FIFA and Conmebol endorsed the presence of the Argentine footballers and confirmed that the protocols had been complied with. Therefore, the most concrete possibilities are of a sanction to Brazil by the mother house of world football.
What does the regulation say before the suspension of a match? “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee may impose sanctions against the federations involved in those matches that are not played or that are permanently suspended, except in cases of force majeure admitted by FIFA. In such cases, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee may also order the replay of the match “.
“If a federation withdrew, if a match could not be played or if it was permanently suspended due to force majeure, FIFA will decide at its discretion the measures to be taken and the actions it deems necessary. In the specific case that a match is not played or if it is permanently suspended due to force majeure, FIFA may order its repetition “.
The other important point to keep in mind is government interference in football matters. FIFA’s statute states in its general provisions that member associations must “manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in their internal affairs.”
Punishments range from financial fines to very heavy sanctions, such as permanent suspension and even expulsion from the World Cup.