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FIFA will not take action against the Colombia player who injured Neymar and ended the Brazil star’s World Cup.
FIFA said its disciplinary panel “cannot consider this matter” under the rules because the match referee saw the challenge by Camilo Zuniga and judged it at the time.
“In this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken,” FIFA said in a statement yesterday, because the incident “did not escape the match officials’ attention.”
In a separate decision, the panel also refused to consider a Confederation of Brazilian Football appeal against captain Thiago Silva’s yellow card in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday in Fortaleza.
Thiago Silva’s second caution of the tournament triggered a one-match ban which he will serve in the semi-finals. Brazil will therefore be without their best player and their captain against Germany today in Belo Horizonte.
Neymar will be sidelined for about 45 days after sustaining a fractured third vertebra.
The seriousness of an injury could not be weighed in a disciplinary decision, nor was mistaken identity a factor in the case, FIFA added.