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Argentina and Brazil rule out pending match

The technicians refused to play an official match just two months before the World Cup

The game suspended almost a year ago between Argentina and Brazil for the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not be played again.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) said in a statement that together with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) they have accepted their respective responsibilities for the suspension of the match.

The duel was suspended on September 5, 2021 when just six minutes had elapsed.

Brazilian health officials entered the Sao Paulo field to remove four Argentine players who failed to comply with quarantine requirements.

FIFA sanctioned the federations of both countries with fines and ordered that the match be resumed. The CBF and the AFA took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

According to the statement, FIFA fined the AFA 150.000 Swiss francs ($157.000), although half of the amount was suspended for a two-year trial period.

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Half of the fine to be paid (25% of the total fine) will be donated directly by AFA to the World Health Organization, in support of its efforts to combat COVID-19.

The coaches of both teams had refused to play an official match just two months before the World Cup.

Brazil (45 points) and Argentina (39) qualified for Qatar undefeated, leading the South American qualifiers.

In Qatar, Argentina was in Group C along with Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia. Brazil is in Group G with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

AP

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