Brazil appeal against Silva's ban

Brazil have lodged an appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card that will keep him out of Wednesday morning's (Singapore time) semi-final against Germany, Fifa said this morning.

The defender was booked in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia for blocking goalkeeper David Ospina as he was taking a kick and, as it was his second of the tournament, he was automatically suspended.

"I can confirm we have received an appeal from the Brazil federation and this is being analysed," said Fifa spokeswoman Delia Fischer.

Fifa now wipes all existing yellow cards from the slate from this stage of the tournament, meaning players booked in the semi-finals are not suspended for the final unless they are sent off. - Reuters.

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