Soccer-Brazil FA lodge appeal against Thiago Silva's ban

July 6, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 6 (Reuters) - Brazil have lodged an appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card that will keep him out of Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against Germany, FIFA said on Sunday.

The defender was booked in the quarter-final win over Colombia for blocking keeper David Ospina as he was taking a kick, and as it was his second of the tournament he was automatically suspended.

"I can confirm we have received an appeal from the CBF and this is being analysed," said FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer.

FIFA now wipes all existing yellow cards from the slate from this stage of the tournament meaning players booked in the semi-finals are not suspended for the final unless they are sent off. (Reporting by Mike Collett; editing by Justin Palmer)