Edited ------------------- While I was irritated at the Brazilians, reading more about what went on, I now realize that they were entirely right and the Argentine delegation was wrong. Brazil since mid-June has established, in order to try to avoid/limit the Delta variant of the Coronavirus, that people entering the country who have been to the UK, Ireland, South Africa, and India, need to show proof that they quarantined for 14 days after leaving such countries, before being admitted to Brazil.. According to the director of the Brazilian FDA (ANVISA), they have the immigration forms filled by the Argentine players, lying about not having been to England over the last 14 days in other to circumvent the quarantine, when they played games for the EPL there on August 28 and 29. So, on Saturday, the ANVISA issued an ultimatum to the lying players, telling them to stay confined to their hotel, awaiting deportation, given that they had illegally entered the country and constituted a risk of spread of the Delta variant. They got the FBI-equivalent in Brazil, the Polícia Federal, and went to the hotel where the 4 Argentine players were supposed to be isolated and supposed to be obeying the quarantine order and awaiting transportation under escort, to be deported. Upon arriving there, they learned that the players did not respect the order, and boarded the bus to the stadium together with the other players who were in good standing. So, ANVISA and the Feds had no other remedy than going to the stadium. They tried their best to get there before starting time, but arrived when the game was already on for 5 minutes. Since they did have a mandate to notify the players that they were in violation of sanitary law, and had been ordered to be immediately deported, they correctly interrupted the game, to take custody of the players. So, 3 of the players had started. Argentina had the option of simply subbing them out and continuing the game. They opted to abandon the game and go back to the lockers. After half an hour, with the Argentines not coming back to play (why the Brazilians remained on the pitch), the ref declared the game abandoned. --------------- So it seems like it's 100% the fault of the Argentine delegation, and 0% the fault of the Brazilians. Of course the biased media are trying to depict this as an abuse of power from the Brazilian authorities or some publicity stunt. Actually the Brazilian authorities acted within the law, and the lawbreakers were the Argentines. ------------ I hope that FIFA punishes them, and awards the victory to Brazil on grounds of abandonment. However FIFA is a corrupt organization and I don't trust them to do the right thing.