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World Cup 2014

Football: FIFA dismiss Silva plea, slam leniency claim

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:19 AM
Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva (centre) receives a yellow card from Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo (centre left) during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 Fifa World Cup on July 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Fifa rejected Brazil's request to allow suspended captain Thiago Silva to face Germany in the World Cup semi-finals on Monday as they angrily hit back at claims referees had been ordered to take a lenient approach to foul play.

A statement from Fifa's Disciplinary Committee dismissed Brazil's plea for Silva out of hand, stating there was "no legal basis" for the defender's yellow card against Colombia to be rescinded.

In a further snub, Fifa disciplinary chiefs also ignored the growing clamour in Brazil for Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga to face retrospective punishment over the aerial challenge that ended Neymar's tournament.

The statement said the committee "deeply regrets the incident and the serious consequences on Neymar's health".

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