Brazil Appeal Thiago Silva Suspension
FIFA has confirmed that Brazil have lodge an appeal against Captain Thiago Silva’s yellow card that has seen him banned for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals against Germany.
Thiago Silva picked up the caution against Colombia, imposed after he blocked goalkeeper David Ospina from taking a kick. As the yellow card was his second of the tournament, he was automatically suspended for a game.
The Brazilian federation (CBF) has lodged an appeal and FIFA head of media Delia Fischer said, “I can confirm we received an appeal from the CBF and this is being analysed.”
The CBF chances of success appear limited as appeals against yellow cards are not usually permitted, only red cards.
Real Madrid had appealed against midfielder Xabi Alonso being suspended for the Champions League Final after he picked up a third booking in the Semi Finals, but UEFA ruled that the appeal was inadmissible. Real Madrid went on to win 4-1 against Atletico Madrid in the Champion League Final.
Should FIFA overturn the yellow card it would be hugely controversial and would allow other teams to claim that the governing body is favouring the hosts. All existing yellow cards are now wiped from the slate for players from this stage of the tournament. This means that anyone who is booked in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals will not risk suspension for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals unless they are sent off.
Chelsea Clinches Diego Costa Deal
Chelsea have confirmed that they have met Diego Costa buy-out clause of £32 million and will become Chelsea’s second big signing after the capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona FC.
Chelsea club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy put clause for the Spanish International,”
Diego Costa was the inspiration behind Atletico Madrid shock La Liga triumph last season, with the Brazilian-born forward scoring 27 times in 35 appearances. He was also part of the team that represented Spain in their terrible 2014 FIFA World Cup Campaign, having been the first team to crash out of the World Cup.
More on Diego Costa:
Diego Costa began his career with Braga in Portugal and was signed by Atletico Madrid, his current club in 2007. He was then loaned back to Braga, then to Celta and Albacete before he was sold to Valladolid in 2009. The 25-year-old then rejoined Atletico Madrid in 2010 and became an integral player in their attack.
Internationally, Costa represented Brazil twice in 2013, but later declared his desire to represent Spain, having been granted Spanish Citizenship in September 2013. Diego Costa made his debut for Spain in March 2014 and was selected for the Spanish 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad in Brazil.
On Diego Costa, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said (in June), “Costa is a player who I want to have in my team. I’ve asked my club for him and I have total confidence that we are going to achieve it and he will end up signing for Chelsea.”
Guess Mourinho would be right after all.