In a vacuum, Thiago Silva’s yellow-card suspension could’ve been stripped away. The Brazil captain would be allowed to face Germany for the right to go to the World Cup, not because the yellow card he received against Colombia was harsh — it was silly — but because the “two cards over a tournament is a suspension” rule is brutal.
Below is the foul, in case you’ve forgotten it. Silva, knowing the rule, takes the ridiculous risk of making contact with punting Colombian goalie David Ospina in the hopes that the referee has never officiating a match before:
In any event, FIFA has decided against rescinding the card and Silva will not play against Germany. From The Guardian:
Brazil’s federation, the CBF, had appealed against Silva’s yellow card but Fifa’s disciplinary committee refused to consider it because appeals against cautions are permitted only in exceptional circumstances.
A Fifa statement said: “The disciplinary committee … cannot consider the matter given the fact that there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request.”
Appeals against yellow cards are allowed only in exceptional circumstances, such as cases of mistaken identity, and overturning would have been hugely controversial and would have allowed other teams to claim that the governing body was favouring the hosts.
In an infamous past incident, Fifa allowed Garrincha to play in the 1962 World Cup final despite the Brazilian forward being sent off in the semi-final.”
Even if Silva’s yellow was borderline tacky, FIFA would’ve looked terrible letting the captain off. Many pundits and fans have felt that Brazil has been given an easy ride into the semifinals, and a repeal of the suspension could’ve set off a firestorm.