FIFA denies Thiago Silva’s appeal of World Cup yellow-card suspension

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Brazil captain Thiago Silva drew his second yellow card of the World Cup during Friday’s quarterfinal win over Colombia, meaning he would be suspended for Brazil’s semifinal against Germany on Tuesday. The Brazilian soccer federation petitioned FIFA to overturn the ban, but world soccer’s governing body announced Monday that Silva’s suspension would stand.

Silva drew his second yellow card for impeding Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina’s attempt to kick the ball downfield during Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia, a victory in which Silva scored Brazil’s first goal in the seventh minute.

FIFA rules state that yellow-card suspensions can be overturned only in “exceptional circumstances.”

One yellow-card note: Everyone’s yellow-card slate is wiped clean for the semifinals, meaning a player will be suspended for the final (or third-place match) only if he receives a red card.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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