Football

Result of Brazil-Argentina Match Must Be Decided on Pitch, says Infantino

President of the International Federation for Football Associations (FIFA) Gianni Infantino said that the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina, which was suspended due to the intervention of the Brazilian health authorities, must be decided on the field after it was canceled earlier, considering that stopping the match in this way "is unacceptable and harms football."

On Sep. 5, in Sao Paulo, the match was suspended after seven minutes after the start of the English Premier League with the Argentina national team, due to alleged violations of the COVID-19 pandemic protocols in Brazil, which requires travelers from Britain to undergo medical isolation.

"It is always good to decide matches on the pitch and not off the pitch," Infantino said at a press conference in Buenos Aires.

"It isn't always possible, we have rules. Let's see what FIFA's disciplinary bodies decide," he added.

During his tour of South America, which also includes Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile, the President of FIFA proposed to hold the World Cup every two years instead of four.

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