How did four Premier League players cause an international dispute over COVID travel restrictions?

They were pitch intruders with a good reason, they claimed, as they confronted players only seven minutes into Brazil’s World Cup qualifier with Argentina.

While Argentina great Lionel Messi and Brazil star Neymar watched on, the qualifier was halted on Sunday and chaos ensued.

Four Argentina players from English Premier League clubs were accused by agents of Brazil’s health agency, Anvisa, of breaching coronavirus rules by not declaring on arrival in Brazil they had been in England in the previous 14 days.

But why did it take Anvisa until Sunday to directly intervene, given how high profile the players are and how known their movements were?

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