The FIFA World Cup is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, and qualification for the tournament is hotly contested by international teams. In September 2021, Argentina and Brazil were scheduled to face off in a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier, but the match was abandoned due to alleged Covid-19 rule breaches by the Argentine side.
Now, FIFA is urging Argentina and Brazil to play the abandoned match, with both associations having submitted their appeals in February. The sport’s governing body has confirmed that the match will be replayed, now a date has been set for September 22nd, 2022. In the meantime, both teams are preparing for the World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.
Brazil boss, Tite will announce the Brazil squad for June next Wednesday, 11th May 2022.
Brazil’s next confirmed matches;
– June 2nd vs South Korea
– June 6th vs Japan
– June 11th vs Argentina
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Both associations have been fined an additional USD 500,000 and 200,000, respectively, but these fines have been halved.
The sport’s governing body also upholding a USD 50,000 fine for both associations.
FIFA’s decision to have the match replayed is a significant one, as it will have a major impact on the teams’ preparations for the World Cup. With so much at stake, both Brazil and Argentina will be keen to ensure that they are ready for the rematch. The pressure will be on for both teams to perform, and the game is sure to be a tense and exciting affair.
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This is not the first time that a FIFA World Cup Qualifier has been abandoned due to Covid-19 breaches. In March 2020, a match between Bolivia and Peru was also abandoned, with Bolivia being subsequently disqualified from the tournament.
With the 2022 World Cup fast approaching, FIFA is under pressure to ensure that all Qualifiers are played as scheduled. The replaying of the Brazil-Argentina match is a positive step in this direction, and will no doubt be a relief for fans of both teams.
Brazil Upcoming Matches Schedule
2nd June: Brazil vs South Korea
6th June: Brazil vs Japan
11th June: Brazil vs Argentina