Infantino condemns the riots between Brazilian fans against Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers

Swiss Gianni Infantino, President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), condemned the riots that took place during the match Brazil vs Argentina Which ended with the latter’s victory with a clean goal at dawn on Wednesday at the Maracana Stadium in the sixth round of the Latin qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup finals, which will be held in partnership between the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

Brazil vs Argentina

Infantino said on his Instagram account: “There is absolutely no place for violence in football, on or off the field.”

He added, “Similar confrontations have no place in our sport or in our society.”

Infantino added: “There must be secure protection to play and enjoy football, and I appeal to the competent authorities to respect this at all levels, for all players, supporters, technical staff of the teams and officials, without exception.”

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

Confrontations between supporters of the two teams in the stands and fierce police intervention led to a 30-minute delay in the start of the match, and the Argentine players headed to the locker rooms after the playing of the two countries’ national anthems.

The Argentine team returned to the green rectangle after things had calmed down in the stands, and the team emerged victorious with a clean goal scored by its defender Nicolas Otamendi midway through the second half, inflicting Brazil’s first loss on home soil in the history of World Cup qualifiers.

The Brazilian national team did not lose, as confirmed by Opta, the global network specialized in football statistics and numbers, at home in the history of its participation in the South American qualifiers for the World Cup finals before.

The only goal of the match came from Nicolas Otamendi in the 63rd minute of the match, with a wonderful header that he headed past Alisson Becker..

Brazil vs Argentina

The Clásico loss was the third in a row for the Brazilian national team in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, in one of the worst results in the history of Samba throughout the history of the qualifiers.

The Argentina national team leads the South American qualifiers table with 15 points collected from winning 5 matches and losing 1, scoring 8 goals and conceding 2.

While the Brazilian national team is in sixth place in the South American qualifiers table with 7 points collected from winning two matches, drawing 1 match, losing 3 matches, scoring 8 goals and conceding 7.

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