Sao Paulo – The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a four-match ban on Rodrigo Paiva, a media officer for Brazil.

The committee took the decision following an incident recorded during the half-time of the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Chile on June 28.

The hosts Brazil won the match 3-2 on penalties after they had played 1-1 at full and extra time.

The committee said it came to the conclusion that Paiva breached Article 48 paragraph 1 d of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC).

It suspended Paiva from four matches, three of which were mandatory for him to serve with the fourth subject to certain conditions.

Although Paiva had served the automatic one-match suspension on July 4, other suspensions would be applied in Brazil’s remaining two matches.

The suspension will apply in Brazil’s FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8.

The third suspension would be served in the final or the third-place match to be played by the host.

The committee also said the fourth match suspension would only be applied if Rodrigo commits another infringement during the two-year probationary period.

“If the fourth match suspension were to be applied, it will be in addition to any sanction pronounced with the new infringement committed during the probationary period.

“The Disciplinary Committee also imposed a fine of CHF10,000, in
accordance with Article 48 paragraph 2 of the FDC,’’ it said.

FIFA said the decision had been served on the official as well as the Brazil Football Association (CBF).

It said the punishment became effective as soon it was communicated.

Paiva was the hosts’ latest absentee from Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against Germany in which Neymar would miss following injury.

Thiago Silva, who had bagged his second yellow card, would also miss the clash with the Germans.(NAN)


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