The South America FIFA World Cup qualifiers between Brazil and Argentina was stopped on Sunday night just seven minutes into the game, as the health authorities came onto the pitch to halt proceedings.

On Sunday evening it was reported that Brazilian police had been ordered to deport four Argentina players who had travelled with the squad, all from the Premier League.

According to current regulations in the country, Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were all meant to quarantine for 14 days before entering.

Reacting to the decision, six times Ballon d’Or winner and Argentina captain Lionel Messi said.

“They could have removed us three days ago since we arrived. Why did they wait for the game to start for them to do this? This is a total disaster. It’s a circus.”

The likes of Martinez, Lo Celoso and Romero who plies their trade in the English Premier League, all started the game for Argentina but less than 10 minutes into the game authorities entered the pitch and demanded a stop to proceedings.