Tottenham furious with Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero amid Brazil vs Argentina suspension farce

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Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso  (Getty Images)
Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso (Getty Images)

Tottenham are furious after two of the club’s players, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, were at the centre of the farcical suspension of Argentina’s World Cup qualifier in Brazil on Sunday.

It is thought the pair – and Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez – are set to be fined by Spurs after reporting for international duty against the club’s express wishes.

The match between Argentina and Brazil in Sao Paulo was called off after around five minutes when Brazilian health authorities invaded the pitch and accused the Spurs pair and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of breaching Covid-19 quarantine rules.

The trio and Villa’s Emiliano Buendia, who was watching from the stands, allegedly breached a rule which says travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must quarantine for 14 days on entering Brazil.

The Argentina team walked off the pitch at the Corinthians Arena and South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL confirmed the game had been suspended around an hour after the stoppage.

It is thought the Argentina squad was able to leave Brazil on a flight from Sao Paulo airport and have returned home to prepare for their qualifier against Bolivia in Buenos Aires on Friday.

For Spurs officials, the chaos is particularly infuriating because the club refused to release Lo Celso and Romero for international duty.

Unlike Villa, who reached an agreement with the Argentine Football Association [AFA] over Martinez and Buendia, Spurs did not give permission for Lo Celso and Romero to travel to red list countries but were ultimately unable to stop them – and Sanchez – from going.

And both Spurs and Villa were expecting the players to be released after the Brazil match, missing the visit of Bolivia, but Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has said the quartet will be available on Friday.

Spurs are now in the dark over what happens next for Lo Celso and Romero, increasing their frustration at the situation, which has caused embarrassment for the club and players.

Spurs officials are in touch with the AFA and the pair to offer support but it is unclear when the duo will be back in the country, with the English-based quartet having planned to train for 10 days in Croatia to avoid having to isolate in a UK quarantine hotel when they return.

In a statement, the Brazilian health authority Anvisa claimed it had received reports that the four Argentines had provided “false information” on their pre-flight health declarations, and said the AFA had been given fair warning that the players were in breach of regulations.

For their part, Argentine officials believed the same protocols used in the Copa America in Brazil in June were in place for the World Cup qualifiers to allow teams to travel across the continent in bubbles. CONMEBOL confirmed that interpretation.

FIFA will now gather evidence from all sides to fully understand the events that led to the suspension before deciding on action, with no date yet set for the match to be replayed.

The situation comes amid mounting anger in South American about rules which have robbed countries of key players for this month’s qualifiers, and has prompted suggestions of foul play or political meddling.

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