By Keith Hackett

6th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ex-Premier League chief 'amazed' as Aston Villa and Tottenham stars embroiled in 'farce'

Keith Hackett was left “amazed” as Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez and a Tottenham duo caused Argentina v Brazil to be abandoned.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted the whole situation was “absolutely farcical”.

Health authorities entered the pitch with just eight minutes on the clock due to the presence of Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Romero.

Local authorities reportedly wanted the trio to be deported as they had not isolated upon arrival into the country.

Brazil law states anybody who had recently been in the UK must quarantine for 14 days after entering the country.

“It’s nonsense,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Fist of all, at least one hour before kick-off the teamsheets are handed across. On the morning of the game, there’s a meeting anyway that covers all the preparations, all the security preparation.

“For me, there was sufficient time available for this to be resolved before you get onto the field and then you have the intervention of people coming onto the pitch.

“It doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right and it’s not good for the image of the game.

“It’s put the referee in a very difficult position. At the game, there is a match delegate who is responsible. He’s the FIFA representative at the game.

“Ultimately, to take the players off and the game for not to go ahead I just find amazing.

“The lack of communication is farcical, absolutely farcical.

“Brazil have left themselves open to criticism, massively, from around the world by the way this has been handled.

“It brings the credibility and integrity of the game into question. It will be investigated thoroughly by FIFA, watch this space.”

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