World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina to be replayed
Ricky Gray | May 10, 2022
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After considering appeals filed by both countries, FIFA has determined the game needs to be replayed
The original qualifier in September of 2021 was suspended only moments after kickoff. This was due to Brazilian health officials coming onto the field and stating that Argentina's England-based players breached the country's COVID-19 quarantine rules.
Each of these teams went on to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Brazil led the South American standings and Argentina finished second. However, FIFA has now ruled that the game must be replayed.
In a statement, FIFA said: "After analyzing the submissions of both parties and considering all circumstances of the case, the Appeal Committee confirmed that the match would be replayed."
The statement continued: "[FIFA] also upheld the fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,322) that was imposed on both associations as a result of the abandonment."
This wasn't the only time that FIFA levied fines against the two organizations. FIFA also fined Brazil's FA (CBF) and Argentina's Football Association (AFA) for failing to secure "order and safety."
These fines were reduced to 250,000 Swiss francs and 100,000 Swiss francs in Monday's appeal.
Both Brazil and Argentina are already set for a friendly match at Melbourne Cricket Ground in June. In April, the AFA had said they would take their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A month ago, Brazil broke Argentina's record for World Cup points after beating Bolivia 4-0. With 45 points, Tite's team broke Argentina's record of 43 which was set in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.
The official date for the qualifying game between these organizations hasn't been set yet. However, it will likely be before the warm-up game in June.