Fifa has ordered that the World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina be replayed.

After evaluating the petitions made by the countries' football organisations, the Fifa Appeal Committee concluded on Monday that the cancelled World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina must be replayed.

The qualification in September was called off minutes after it began when Brazilian health inspectors stormed the field, claiming that Argentina's England-based players had broken the country's Covid-19 quarantine restrictions.

Both countries have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, with Brazil finishing first and Argentina second in the South American standings.

The match must be replayed, according to Fifa, the world governing body of football.

"The Appeal Committee confirmed that the match would be replayed after analyzing both parties' representations and considering all circumstances of the case," Fifa stated in a statement.

The fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,322) levied on both associations as a result of the desertion was also upheld."

For failing to maintain "order and safety," Fifa penalized Brazil's FA (CBF) and Argentina's Football Association (AFA) 500,000 Swiss francs and 200,000 Swiss francs, respectively.

However, the Appeal Committee announced that the CBF's sentence would be cut by 250,000 Swiss francs, while the AFA's fine would be reduced by 100,000 Swiss francs.

The AFA said last month that they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In June, Brazil and Argentina will play a friendly international at Melbourne Cricket Ground.


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