April 13, 2024

Sanctions against Argentina’s world champions?

The superclasico between Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana on Tuesday turned sour. Violent clashes erupted in the stands, with the Auriverde authorities intervening more than forcefully against Albiceleste supporters, forcing the world champions to return to the dressing rooms in protest, even before kick-off.

In response to these events and the confusion that ensued tha…

The superclasico between Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana on Tuesday turned sour. Violent clashes erupted in the stands, with the Auriverde authorities intervening more than forcefully against Albiceleste supporters, forcing the world champions to return to the dressing rooms in protest, even before kick-off.

In response to these events and the confusion that ensued that evening, Fifa decided to open disciplinary proceedings against the Brazilian (CBF) and Argentine (AFA) federations. The Brazilian side has failed to comply with the rules governing the order and safety of matches. And for the inappropriate behaviour of fans and the delay in kick-off, which is more the fault of the Argentinians.

Racism by Argentinian fans condemned

Both teams face fines and partial or total closures for their forthcoming matches. The CBF has also announced a complaint to be lodged against Albiceleste fans for the numerous racist comments made after the match. The Brazilian Football Federation intends to take legal action against those involved in these attacks against players, fans and President Ednaldo Rodrigues, reads a statement released on Friday. Rodrygo was particularly targeted after his clash with Lionel Messi. We will take all necessary measures whenever attacks of this kind occur again, and there will be no truce, the CBF insisted.