FIFA will not discipline Juan Camilo Zuniga for Neymar injury

Monday July 7th, 2014

FIFA announced it will not take any further disciplinary action against defender Juan Camilo Zuniga of Colombia for the incident that led to Brazilian striker Neymar's fractured vertebrae. 

The soccer governing body said it would look further into the tackle that led to Neymar missing the remainder of the tournament, but on Monday stated that they could not take any actions against Zuniga as the incident was noted by the match officials, but did not draw a yellow or red card from the referee.

Neymar was injured in Brazil's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Colombia and is expected to be sidelined between three and six weeks.

The FIFA disciplinary committee said it regrets any incident that leads to a player being injured, but that it must review on-field actions independent from their consequences.

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It is important to note that the conditions by which the FIFA Disciplinary Committee can intervene in any incident have to be considered independently of the consequences of that incident, such as an unfortunate injury suffered by a player.

-Brendan Maloy

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