FIFA announced on Monday that disciplinary action will not be taken against Juan Zuniga for his tackle on Neymar which ended the World Cup of the Brazilian superstar. The tackle took place during the later stages of Colombia’s 2-1 loss against Brazil. FIFA also announced that Brazilian Captain Thiago Silva’s yellow card appeal was unsuccessful meaning that he will serve a one-match suspension in the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday. It was Silva’s second yellow card of the tournament which results in an automatic suspension.
Zuniga’s tackle left Neymar with a broken vertebra that has sidelined the Brazilian poster boy for the rest of the World Cup, FIFA’s disciplinary committee released a statement indicating that they were not permitted to open up a case against Zuniga due to the fact that the tackle was dealt with by the referees during the game. However FIFA did express their sympathy for the Brazilian, “We wish Neymar a prompt and complete recovery as we wish the same for all players who have sadly been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.”
“After an analysis of the matter and the extensive submission and documentation received from the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), the chairman came to the conclusion that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee cannot consider this matter in light of the conditions outlined in the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) for the Disciplinary Committee to be able to intervene in such a situation,” as said in a statement by the Disciplinary Committee.
Silva’s second yellow card obtained during the World Cup automatically leaves him unavailable to play in Brazil’s semifinal against Germany. The Brazilian captain’s yellow card against Colombia was picked up when the defender attempted to block the opposition goalkeeper, David Ospina, from clearing the his lines.
According to FIFA’s rules a yellow card will only be overturned in “exceptional circumstances”, so Silva’s appeal was unlikely to go through. Nonetheless with the high-stakes of the semifinal looming, the Brazilian FA choose to log an appeal.
The host country will be facing the high-flying Germans without two of their most celebrated players. Neymar has scored four goals for Brazil and Silva’s presence on the backline has helped Brazil concede only four goals allowed during the whole tournament.