Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's soccer federation is pressing FIFA to punish the Colombian player whose tackle caused the injury that has sidelined Brazil's top player, Neymar, for the rest of the World Cup. (Brazil Want Zuniga Punished)
Neymar sustained a lumbar vertebra fracture when he was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga late in a quarterfinal match Friday. Brazil won the game, 2-1, but announced afterward that Neymar would miss the rest of the tournament. His injury has infuriated Brazilians. Late Saturday, the Brazilian federation, known by th e acronym CBF, presented evidence - presumably video and supporting documentation - to FIFA's disciplinary committee and demanded action. (Brazil Want Silva Card Revoked)
The committee is responsible for any potential supplementary discipline; Zuniga was called for a foul but did not receive a yellow card on the play. Neymar fell to the turf in obvious pain and was carried from the field on a stretcher, and the Brazilian news media have breathlessly reported on his injury since it happened. Zuniga told reporters after the match that he considered the play "a normal challenge as part of the game."