Tottenham & Aston Villa’s Argentine stars investigated by Brazilian health authority
Premier League stars link up with Argentina
Before the international break, a number of Premier League stars were called up to the Argentina squad.
Two of these came from Aston Villa in the form of Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia, whilst Tottenham also had Giovani Lo Celso and new signing Cristian Romero named in the squad.
However, Argentina are currently on the UKs red-list.
And as they are playing at home on the 10th, this would have, under the current rules in place across the UK, meant that all four players would be required to self-isolate for 10 days once back in the UK –leading to them missing around three matches.
However, a compromise did look to have been reached between clubs and countries.
Villa confirmed in a statement that Martinez and Buendia would not play in Argentina’s last match on September 10th to allow them to only miss one game for their club.
Tottenham, meanwhile, did not include Argentina’s last game of the break on their schedule for their player’s international matches, suggesting they had the same agreement in place.
Recent comments on the part of Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, however, suggest that the above players would still be involved in Argentina’s final game of the break.
This comes despite the Premier League agreeing that no player would be released for international duty to red-list countries in September.
Premier League quartet investigated
As well as looking set to ignore the Premier League, the four stars from Spurs and Villa now look to have found themselves in trouble in Brazil.
As per The Athletic, all four stars are under investigation by the Brazilian authorities after being accused of breaking quarantine rules.
Argentina are facing off with Brazil at the Corinthians Arena later today. However, with few exemptions, non-Brazilians are currently prohibited from entering the country from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, South Africa or India.
If they do so, as per The Athletic citing a resolution in Brazil, a traveller with ‘origin or passage through the United Kingdom, South Africa and India in the last 14 days, when entering Brazilian territory, must remain in quarantine for 14 days.’
However, a statement from the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil claims that when Martinez, Buendia, Lo Celso and Romero arrived in Brazil from Venezuela, they declared they had not spent time in any of the above countries in the last 14 days.
The statement goes on to add that:
“Yesterday, Friday, unofficial news reached Anvisa reporting alleged false statements made by these travelers.
“False information provided to the Brazilian authorities may constitute sanitary infractions and violation of criminal laws.”
Author: Josh Barker
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