Scenes of violence in Rio de Janeiro. The match between Brazil and Argentina started on Tuesday with a delay of almost thirty minutes, due to a conflict between fans in the stands of the Maracana stadium, during this match, which is played as part of the qualification for the World Cup in 2026.
The soccer players of Argentina, the current world champions, briefly left the pitch and returned to the dressing rooms shortly after the fight that started with the chanting of national anthems and was extinguished by the intervention of the police.
Messi signaled his team to return to the dressing room
Argentina captain Lionel Messi then left the pitch, signaling his team to do the same. But the Argentine team, after briefly returning to the dressing room, finally returned when the situation in the stands calmed down. Kick-off, originally scheduled for 21:30 (1:30 am French time, Tuesday night), was played half an hour later.
In September 2021, another clash between Brazil and Argentina was abandoned after just five minutes of play following the intervention of local health authorities, with four Albiceleste players charged with breaching anti-Covid protocol.
Representatives of the health agency Anvisa and the federal police entered the field to end the meeting, in total confusion. This qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup, without any stakes, was not repeated in the end.