Brazil have appealed against the yellow card Thiago Silva received against Colombia, which will see him miss their semi-final clash against Germany.
Goals from Thiago Silva and David Luiz provided Brazil with a win over Colombia in their quarter-final clash, but Neymar’s injury and Silva’s suspension has affected their hopes of beating Germany in the semi-finals. Brazil has now decided to appeal against the yellow card, FIFA has confirmed.
This was Thiago Silva’s second bookable offence in the tournament, the first of which arrived against Mexico in the group stages. Against Colombia, Silva was booked after he impeded Thibaut Courtois’ attempt to kick and the ball. The PSG defender picked up a yellow card after that incident and will now miss the semi-final clash against Germany.
His absence will severely cripple Brazil’s chance of beating this efficient Germany side, especially when they are already missing their talisman Neymar, who suffered a critical injury in the last game. The host nation has now decided to appeal against his yellow card in order to make Silva eligible for the next game.
“I can confirm we have received an appeal from the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) and this is being analysed.” – FIFA’s media head, Delia Fischer, said.
It seems unlikely that this appeal will succeed though, despite CBF stating that the yellow was unjustly shown.
Meanwhile Neymar, whose World Cup is over, has released a statement saying that he still hopes that his side can progress to the final and lift the trophy. The Barcelona forward has received tremendous support from fans all across the world and his emotional statement might galvanize the Brazilian side ahead of their semi-final clash.
“My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues.
“There are two games left and I am sure that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true.
“It was also my dream to play in a World Cup final. But God willing, they’re going to win this, they’re going to be champions, and I’m going to be by their side, with them. And all us Brazilians are going to be celebrating.” – Neymar said.