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Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are in hot water with Tottenham Hotspur after going against the club’s wishes to play in the abandoned World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina.
The match in São Paulo was halted in the seventh minute when local health officials entered the pitch and accused the two Spurs players, and the Aston Villa pair Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía, of violating Covid-19 protocols in order to enter the country. Regardless of that intervention, their return to the UK was always going to be a concern given all of mainland South America is on the government’s red list, and it has emerged that Spurs did not give Lo Celso and Romero permission to join up with Argentina.