Brazil try to overturn Silva's suspension
A yellow card for Thiago Silva will force him to watch the semifinal from the sidelines.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian Football Confederation is trying to overturn Thiago Silva's ban ahead of their World Cup crunch semifinal match against Germany on Tuesday.
The captain picked up a yellow card against Colombia which will see him forced to watch from the sidelines.
The central defender was cautioned for unnecessarily blocking keeper David Ospina as he was taking a kick and Fifa said its disciplinary committee is analysing an appeal from the Brazilian Football.
His presence in the team on Tuesday would be a huge fillip for a Brazilian public still reeling from the loss of talismanic striker Neymar, who was ruled out of the rest of the tournament after fracturing a vertebra in the win over Colombia.
The news dampened the host nation's celebrations, given the team's reliance on the 22-year-old Barcelona forward's skill and talismanic presence. Many bookmakers now have Brazil and Germany as joint favourites at around 9/4.
Yellow cards traditionally can't be overturned although the Fifa's disciplinary code states that cautions can be canceled in exceptional circumstances.
Meanwhile, Willian and Bernard, two possible replacements for the injured Neymar, say they're both confident Brazil has enough fire power to Germany without their star player.
Brazilian Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has multiple options to choose from as they will be taking on another tough European side Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday.