Tottenham will fine Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso for flying to Argentina without permission amid quarantine row… and Davinson Sanchez can expect punishment too after linking up with Colombia
- Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso could land in hot water with Tottenham
- They jetted off for Argentina duty without permission amid quarantine row
- Officials stormed friendly v Brazil amid claims they entered country illegally
- Romero and Lo Celso, along with two other players, were deported from Brazil
Tottenham duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso did not have permission to meet up with the Argentina squad, with the now pair facing club fines
Romero, a £42.5million summer signing from Atalanta, and Lo Celso are two of four Premier League stars at the centre of the World Cup qualifying coronavirus controversy between Argentina and Brazil.
But while Aston Villa allowed their Argentine duo, Emiliano Martinez and Emiliao Buendia, to play in the fixture that was suspended, Sportsmail understands Spurs did not give the go ahead for Romero and Lo Celso to travel.
Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero both face fines for flying to Argentina
They are among four English-based players who all left the UK despite the Premier League stopping teams from playing in red list countries
Premier League clubs originally unanimously decided not to release players for international games played in red list countries due to FIFA’s refusal to extend its temporary release exception for players who must to quarantine on their return from international duty.
Tottenham stuck to that agreement but were ignored by Romero and Lo Celso, and the pair will have to face the consequences, with hefty fines.
Centre-back Davinson Sanchez, who joined up with the Colombia squad, can also expect a club fine.
Lo Celso and Romero were deported from Brazil along with Martinez and Buendia after health officials stormed their friendly with the Selecao, with the match later abandoned after Argentina refused to play on.
The four were accused of entering Brazil illegally, with Sportsmail revealing last week that Argentina are accused of falsified documents, failing to declare the players had come from the UK and therefore risked deportation or at least quarantine, in line with Brazilian Covid protocol.
Brazilian law states that anyone who has been in the UK during the previous 14 days must quarantine in a hotel for a further 14 days, a move that would have seen the four players unable to leave until at least September 18.
Football London reports that there was anger within Spurs that Lo Celso and Romero made the trip in the first place, and figures inside Brazil have taken aim at Argentina for playing ‘tricks’ to sidestep quarantine rules.