Brazil vs Argentina: Angel Di Maria Appears to Spit on Fans During 'Crazy' World Cup Qualifier

Brazil vs Argentina: Angel Di Maria Appears to Spit on Fans During 'Crazy' World Cup Qualifier

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Angel Di Maria was spotted seemingly spitting on Brazilian fans on November 22
  • He was part of Argentina's squad that met the Selecao at the Maracana Stadium
  • The qualifying tie will be most remembered for the violent scenes before kick-off

Further footage of the chaotic Brazil versus Argentina game has continued to surface online even as an inquest into what happened begins.

FIFA's disciplinary committee will reportedly look into the circumstances that prompted the crowd trouble and the subsequent violent reaction from police officials.

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Lionel Messi passes on the armband to Angel Di Maria during Argentina's game against Brazil on November 22. Photo by Buda Mendes.
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The ugly incident at the Maracana Stadium started just before kick-off, with Lionel Messi leading Argentina players to the stands in an attempt to broker peace between the two warring factions.

The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner was then seen asking his fellow teammates to leave the pitch as they could not play under those circumstances.

A new video has now shown that as the world champions went back to the dressing room, Angel Di Maria appeared to spit on Brazil fans just in front of the tunnel, per SportBible.

The Benfica man was named on the substitutes bench by Lionel Scaloni. He replaced Messi in the 78th minute, with the Inter Miami forward struggling with what looked like a groin injury earlier in the game.

Despite the delayed kickoff and the violence inside the stadium, Argentina beat their South American rivals courtesy of a towering header from Nicolas Otamendi just after the hour mark.

Brazil facing serious sanctions

At the same time, Sports Brief has reported that FIFA's disciplinary committee is reportedly set to open an investigation into the chaos that marred the game.

Punishments for Brazil - in the case of the heated Argentina encounter - could include fines, being forced to play behind closed doors, or even a points deduction.

Endrick makes Brazil history

Sports Brief also previously reported on Real Madrid’s Endrick Felipe making history with his debut for the Brazilian national team versus Colombia.

The 17-year-old made history as an 82nd-minute substitute for Raphinha. With the act, the Palmeiras star joined an elite club in Brazilian football.

Only Pelé (16 years and 257 days), former Santos winger Edu, and another Santos star - Coutinho, had made their senior debut at a younger age.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)