CBF denies interference for the entry of Argentines and says that AFA was warned about protocol – Prime Time Zone

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The Confederation also reiterated that its role was ‘always in an attempt to promote understanding between the entities involved so that the sanitary protocols could be fulfilled satisfactorily and the game was played’

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Brazil x Argentino was suspended by the referee after interference by Anvisa and PF

A Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) issued a note on Monday afternoon, 6, stating that it did not interfere with the irregular entries of Emiliano Martinez, Romero, Celso e Good day, four players from the Argentine national team, in the country. In the text, the Brazilian entity claims that it sent a representative to participate in the meeting with members of the Ministry of Health, gives Anvisa, gives Conmebol and yes Argentine Football Association (AFA). At the meeting, the Argentines were told about the Interministerial Ordinance No. 655 of 2021, which establishes that “foreign travelers who have passed, in the last 14 days, through the United Kingdom, South Africa, Northern Ireland and India, must comply with a ten-day quarantine”. The quartet plays in English football and, therefore, could not be in the stadium located in São Paulo.

“At this meeting, the representatives of the Argentine National Team were informed that there was an irregularity in the entry of players, that they should be quarantined and received guidance from the authorities to request, with the competent bodies, special authorization for players to have their situation regularized. It was a technical discussion between Anvisa, the Ministry of Health and the Argentine Association”, says the CBF, which also alleges that the Argentines were informed about the sanitary protocol on two more occasions before the match was stopped at the Neo Química Arena, with just six minutes of the ball rolling.

Coach from Argentina, Lionel Scaloni declared, after the confusion, that the quartet was not informed about the need for quarantine for foreigners in Brazil. The version, however, does not match the notes issued by Anvisa and CBF. “On Sunday, 5, this request had an official negative response from the Ministry of Health to Conmebol, with the Argentine National Team being notified, directly at Neo Química Arena, with enough time to adopt the necessary procedures”, states the organization’s statement. that governs Brazilian football. The CBF also reiterated that its role was “always in an attempt to promote understanding between the entities involved so that the sanitary protocols could be fulfilled satisfactorily and the game could be played.”

Even after the suspension of the match and all the confusion, Emiliano Martínez, Romero, Lo Celso and Buendía embarked with the rest of the Albiceleste delegation towards the city of Buenos Aires, last Sunday night. This Monday morning, they left the Argentine capital towards the Old Continent, where they will have to complete a ten-day quarantine to return to activities in their respective clubs. Tite’s selection, in turn, receives Peru at the Arena Pernambuco, at 9:30 pm, next Thursday. On the same day, Argentina picks up Bolivia at the Monumental de Núñez, at 20:30.

Read the full CBF note

1 – The CBF sent representation to that meeting as a listener, at the request of the Health Surveillance of the State of São Paulo, where representatives of the aforementioned agency, the Ministry of Health, Anvisa, Conmebol and the Argentine Football Association were gathered ( AFA).

2 – CBF was represented by Dr. Roberto Nishimura, Operational Coordinator of the Special Medical Committee, and there was no interference on his part in relation to administrative or sanitary aspects. This meeting ended around 18:00.

3 – As it understands that this is not a matter of its attribution, at no time was there any manifestation by the CBF representative to the authorities regarding the health issue of the four Argentine athletes, either in the sense of releasing or vetoing their participation in the game.

4 – At this meeting, the representatives of the Argentine National Team were informed that there was an irregularity in the entry of players, that they should be quarantined and received guidance from the authorities to request, with the competent bodies, special authorization for the players to have their situation regularized. It was a technical discussion between Anvisa, the Ministry of Health and the Argentine Association.

5 – After the meeting, when the athletes’ presence was requested, the Health Surveillance agents were informed that the players had left for training, not complying with the instructions given during the meeting. The agency reported the non-compliance to the National Health Surveillance Agency and the Ministry of Health, responsible for analyzing the request for exceptionality forwarded by CONMEBOL on behalf of the AFA.

6 – All these steps are described in detail by Anvisa in an official note published on Sunday, 5, and updated this Monday, 6, as complete at the end of this.

7 – On Sunday 5, this request had an official negative response from the Ministry of Health to CONMEBOL, and the Argentine National Team was notified, directly at NeoQuímica Arena, with enough time to adopt the necessary procedures.

8 – As for the information that circulated about the presence of CBF’s Director of Competitions, Manoel Flores, at the Argentine delegation’s hotel, CBF informs that he was in fact at the hotel on Saturday, around 3:00 pm, solely to talk about operational details of the game with the ataché (member of the team organizing the match) who accompanied the Argentine national team, remaining in place for about 15 minutes and not having dealt with any matter related to the Argentine players. Visiting the visiting delegation’s hotel is a regular routine in every gaming operation.

The CBF further clarifies that it strictly fulfilled its institutional role as the host of the game, informing everyone involved in the game about the health laws in force in the country in a letter sent, through the General Secretariat of the entity, on July 5th, and later resubmitted on 11 August and 2 September.

CBF reiterates that it defends the implementation of the most rigorous health protocols and complies with them in their entirety, both in the national territory and in countries where the Brazilian team acts as a visitor.

The CBF also emphasizes that at no time, through the interim President, Ednaldo Rodrigues, or its directors, interfered in any point related to the sanitary protocol established by the Brazilian authorities for the entry of people into the country. The role of the CBF was always in an attempt to promote understanding between the entities involved so that the sanitary protocols could be fulfilled satisfactorily and the game could be played.