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Brazil appealing Thiago Silva yellow card

Jul 6, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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FIFA has confirmed that Brazil are appealing Thiago Silva’s automatic suspension, picked up for his second yellow card of the tournament. If successful, the defender will then be available to face Germany in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Thiago was shown the yellow card in Brazil’s firey clash with Colombia on Friday – though not, perhaps surprisingly, for a harsh challenge on the likes of Juan Cuadrado or James Rodríguez. The referee pulled the card for Thiago’s block on David Ospina, which occurred when the Colombia goalkeeper was attempting to take a kick.

It is unlikely the appeal will be successful, however. Appeals against accumulated yellow cards are typically not permitted; it is only red cards that may be overturned.

Then there’s the question of whether, should Thiago’s suspension be overturned, it will appear as though FIFA is favoring the hosts. The officiating in Brazil’s opening game against Croatia came under heavy scrutiny, particularly when Brazil were awarded what looked to be a rather soft penalty. On Friday, when it looked as though Brazil were targeting specific Colombia players with heavy fouls, yet not being booked for their troubles, the thought of bias crossed many minds once more.

With the start of the semi-final, all existing yellow cards are wiped clean. In other words, players from teams that progress to the final will only miss out on the side’s last game if they manage to get themselves sent off.

This future clean slate provides little comfort to Brazil, however, who will almost certainly be without their captain for the Germany clash.

  1. psuhoffman - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Has fifa changed this, in the past I thought yellows reset after the round of 16.

    • krazymunky - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      they changed to after qtr finals so no one can miss the final on accumulated yellow

  2. Professor Fate - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    It’s obvious to anyone not a Brasil homer that FIFA is trying to keep that team in the tournament as long as possible in order to delay potential rioting.

    The only thing, besides the army, keeping angry poor Brasilians from burning those shiny new stadiums down is that their team is still in it. For now.

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Oh please, please, please let FIFA overturn this yellow for absolutely no valid reason whatsoever. I want to hear the screaming by everyone else as the hosts are blatantly favored yet again. If they win this tournament, which admittedly doesn’t seem terribly likely after Neymar’s injury, it will be a tainted win at best. What’s worse is that they’re going to expect every judge and ref in 2016 to do this too.

    • sw19womble - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM


      • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Nah, 2016 Summer Olympics are in Rio

  4. scoochpooch - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Doesn’t tackling the goalie warrant at least a yellow?

    • mazblast - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      It all depends on who is doing the tackling (player and team) and who is being tackled.

      • scoochpooch - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Agreed, that certainly appears to be the case this time around.

  5. atahualpaoxford - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Are these f**cking brazilians really kidding me..???
    What’s next…??? A review of a penalty that was not awarded…???
    Shall we bring the teams back on the pitch so we can kick the penalty..???
    If FIFA goes along with this, they will loose the little credibility they have left….
    In the whole world…this is called…the smell of FEAR….

    • scoochpooch - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Brazil has already purchased the title from FIFA in an effort to quell the rioting for the time being. I’m sure the rioting will start again next year.

  6. granadafan - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    On what possible grounds is Brazil appealing this very-deserved yellow card? You can’t run into the keeper as he’s kicking the ball. It was clearly intentional as the pitch is very large. I agree that the referee let the game get out of hand, but this was the most blatant fouls of all.

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