As the Argentina head coach said last night, “It should have been a party” between Brazil and La Albiceleste in their 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifying match.
But not even five minutes had gone by before the party was crashed by some unexpected visitors known as the Brazilian public health officials.
They raided the pitch in search for the four Argentinian players who had “failed to adhere to public health regulations” which caused the game to be abandoned.
Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia (both Aston Villa), Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero (both Tottenham) were the four members of the Argentina team who did not follow protocols, according to the public health officials.
It stems from United Kingdom being on Brazil’s red list which means any individual who enters Brazil from the UK is supposed to go straight into a 10-day isolation period.
Some wires were crossed along the way because the clubs of the Premier League stars were given the green light to go and represent their countries.
And both Lionel Scaloni and the president of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia were adamant that they stuck to the letter of the law when involving the four players in their squad.
But when it was reported that nine Premier League stars were left out of the Brazil squad for the very same reason, it was always going to be an area of concern for Argentina.
However, the one question which is on everyone in the industries lips is why didn’t the authorities intervene way before the game had kicked off?
Hopefully we can bring you more updates throughout the course of the day.