Desperate Brazil appeal Silva suspension
Desperate times, desperate measures.
World Cup hosts Brazil have launched an appeal against the booking that ruled out captain Thiago Silva for their semi-final clash against Germany.
According to a statement from the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), the defender was "unjustly shown" a yellow card during the Selecao's quarter-final against Colombia when he obstructed goalkeeper David Ospina from taking a kick.
The caution was Silva's second of the tournament, resulting in an automatic one-match suspension.
While Fifa's head of media Delia Fischer confirmed that the world governing body had received the appeal and was analysing it, it looks like a desperate gamble from the five-time World Cup winners as only red cards have been rescinded in the past.
Then again, it could be the result of Luiz Felipe Scolari, already without the injured Neymar for the rest of the World Cup, realising that his remaining first-choice centre-half is football's most expensive defender, David "Sideshow Bob" Luiz.
Good luck with that, Big Phil.
Sources: AFP, BBC