FIFA takes no action over challenge on Neymar

Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 |
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - FIFA will not take action against the Colombia player who injured Neymar and ended the Brazil star's World Cup.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel "cannot consider this matter" under the rules and declined to open proceedings against Camilo Zuniga.

The panel studied video of Zuniga's 86th-minute challenge during Brazil's 2-1 win in the quarterfinals on Friday in Fortaleza.

It also received a complaint from the Confederation of Brazilian Football.

Zuniga, who apologized on Saturday, kneed Neymar in the back when jumping into him at speed. Neymar sustained a fractured third vertebra and will be sidelined for about 45 days.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo did not show Zuniga a yellow card.

FIFA says the incident "did not escape the match officials' attention."
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