THERE were farcical scenes at the Brazil v Argentina World Cup qualifier match on Sunday when health authorities stopped the game because of alleged breaches of Covid regulations.
Four players from the UK Premier League were accused of entering Brazil after giving false health declarations and were ordered to go into quarantine. The match had to be abandoned.
So are we likely to see more of the Covid clampdown impinging on sport, rather than less? The next European round of World Cup qualifiers takes place tomorrow . . .
Iceland v Germany: Match is deadlocked at 90 minutes due to false negative results, but finishes 2-1 AET (after extra testing).
North Macedonia v Romania: Referee halts the game after pro-vaxxers in the crowd throw hypodermics on to the pitch.
Italy v Lithuania: Player claims mistaken identity when accused of a foul, pointing out that everyone on the pitch is masked. VAR (Vaccine Assessment Referee) picks him out by the shape of his eyebrows.
Greece v Sweden: Anti-vaxxer fans boo teams for ‘taking the arm’ – rolling up their sleeves and making an injection gesture.
Armenia v Liechtenstein: Game abandoned because of a health official-logged pitch.
Kosovo v Spain: Three players are given a Yellow Card report for an adverse reaction to being tackled. Another is red-carded and told to self-isolate for the next three matches.
Albania v San Marino: Goalkeeper claims he let in a penalty only because the ball slipped from his grip due to compulsory hand sanitiser gel on his gloves.
Hungary v Andorra: Player who kissed a teammate to celebrate a goal is accused of being a ‘super-spreader’ and hauled away by men in hazmat suits.
Poland v England: Harry Kane goal is ruled offside because he did not observe two-metre social distancing between him and the last opposing player.