Monday, the FIFA Appeal Committee concluded that the abandoned World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina must be rescheduled after reviewing the arguments lodged by the respective football associations.
In September, just minutes after kickoff, Brazilian health officials entered the field to prevent Argentina’s England-based players from playing, claiming they had violated the country’s COVID-19 quarantine regulations.
Both countries have already qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, with Brazil dominating South American standings and Argentina coming in second.
In February, FIFA, the governing body of football, ordered that the match must be replayed.
FIFA issued a statement confirming that the match would be replayed, citing the Appeal Committee’s analysis of both parties’ arguments and consideration of all the circumstances of the case.
“(It) also upheld the 50,322 Swiss franc ($50,322) fine imposed on both associations as a result of the desertion.”
FIFA additionally penalised Brazil’s Football Association (CBF) and Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) 500,000 and 200,000 Swiss francs for failing to ensure “order and safety”
However, the Appeal Committee stated that it had agreed to decrease the CBF’s sanction by 250,000 Swiss francs and the AFA’s fine by 100,000 Swiss francs.
The AFA said last month that they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
June will also see a friendly international between Brazil and Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground.