FIFA has announced that it will pursue no further action against Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga for the challenge that led to Neymar being ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured vertebra.
Previously, international soccer’s governing body announced that it would be further investigating the crunching tackle that occurred late in Brazil’s 2-1 quarter final elimination of Colombia. But on Monday FIFA revealed that no action would be taken against Zuniga since officials had noted the incident against Neymar when it occurred.
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While Neymar was fortunate to escape serious injury, the 22-year-old forward will require three to six weeks to recover, meaning he will miss Tuesday’s semifinal clash with Germany and the World Cup final, should Brazil defeat the Germans to advance.
The chairman of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee expressed deep regret for the incident but was implicit in stating that “no retrospective action can be taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.”
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Article 77 b) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) permits the Committee to “rectify obvious errors in the referee’s disciplinary decisions.” However because Zuniga received neither a red nor a yellow card for the challenge that saw him flying knee-first into Neymar's back, that article cannot be applied in this case.
In more bad news for Brazil, FIFA has also announced that it will uphold the yellow card shown to Thiago Silva in the match against Colombia, meaning that the Brazil captain will be suspended for Tuesday's clash with Germany. Silva, a lynchpin of Brazil's defense, will be allowed to play in the next match, should Brazil reach the final.
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