Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia will not face Bolivia, on Friday (10), and they will return to England. Aston Villa athletes will return to Europe via Croatia, before passing through Madrid, to avoid mandatory 10-day isolation in a hotel in England for those returning from the red-listed countries.
These two players from Argentina were involved in the controversy over the breach of anti-Covid security protocols before the match against Brazil, which ended in cancellation on Sunday (5), and they were released from the national team in agreement with coach Lionel Scaloni.
Lo Celso and Romero, other athletes in a similar situation to that of Martínez and Buendía, remain with the selection, but should be punished by Tottenham for the episode and traveling without leaving the club.
The information regarding the return through Croatia was given by Alejandro Martinez, Emiliano’s brother. He said players from Argentina were supposed to travel to Croatia on Monday to avoid a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine upon their return to the UK from one of the red list countries. “They will travel to Croatia to quarantine there and then head to England,” Alejandro told Radio La Oral Deportiva.
Conditions set by Aston Villa. The Argentine Football Association revealed that Martinez and Buendia were released from the national team, unlike the Tottenham players. But when Lo Celso and Romero traveled to the playoffs without the London club’s approval, both would be penalized once they returned.
Buendia was the only one of the four involved in the controversy who did not start the match against Brazil. Martinez started the game against Venezuela and was on the field in the five minutes that were played at the New Coimica Arena.
A direct flight from South America to England could mean confinement to the Aston Villa husband in a government-approved hotel. Staying in a country on the green list means they can train and get to Birmingham without going into quarantine.
Both will lose Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea, but could play in the next round against Everton. The waiver would not be related to a violation of protocols in Brazil, but to an agreement with Scaloni.
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