Brazil captain Thiago Silva was handed a one match ban for an accumulation of cards which will see him miss his side's semi final fixture against Germany.
The PSG centre-back will be sorely missed as he has been magnificent at the heart of their defence. Meanwhile Columbian player Juan Zuniga will face no further action for his foul which ruled Neymar out of the rest of the World Cup.
Silva was yellow carded in Brazil's quarter final clash with Columbia after blocking goalkeeper David Ospina from dispatching the ball and will now be missing from selection for the game on Tuesday. The Brazilian Football Association had submitted an appeal for his ban to written off but their attempts were unsuccessful.
A statement issued by FIFA, read: "“The disciplinary committee.....cannot consider the matter given the fact that there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request". It was unlikely that the appeal would have been successful as yellow cards are only overturned in exceptional circumstances and this criteria was not met, as reported in The Guardian.
The Brazilians will also be without Neymar as he fractured one of his vertebra in the Columbia tie. Brazilians also called for his assailant Zuniga to be punished further for the collision, however FIFA have said that he will not face further disciplinary action.
It's a decision that will infuriate the Brazilian camp and fans alike, no less than manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who explained his belief that the Columbian players were "hunting" the World Cup and Barcelona star. The tackle which will see him not only miss the semi final but also the final if Brazil are to reach it with a suggested recovery period of four weeks.
“The chairman of the Fifa disciplinary committee deeply regrets the incident and the serious consequences on Neymar’s health," read a FIFA statement.
It continued: “No retrospective action can be taken....since the incident involving the Colombian player Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera did not escape the match officials’ attention."
“The conditions by which the Fifa disciplinary committee can intervene in any incident have to be considered independently of the consequences of that incident, such as an unfortunate injury suffered by a player."
They will now be left without arguably their two best players and will have to shuffle the pack to come up with the winning formula against Germany with a place in a World Cup Final at home on the line.
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