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FIFA Reportedly Sued for a Billion Euros over Refereeing Decisions

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Paulinho of Brazil challenges James Rodriguez of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

People take the World Cup very seriously. Some take it so seriously that they'll sue the sport's governing body £800 million, which amounts to nearly €1 billion.

According to BBC Sport, Aurelio Jimenez, a lawyer based out of Colombia, has decided to pursue a lawsuit against FIFA following Los Cafeteros' quarterfinal exit at the hands of Brazil. He's cited the personal pain and anguish he endured after Colombia's 2-1 defeat.

"I felt very bad, I was heartbroken, my cardiac rhythm was altered and my relatives took me to the emergency room at the hospital," said Jimenez. "I was surrounded by my grandchildren who were crying a lot."

The match was one of the more infamous throughout the tournament for the amount of persistent fouling from both sides. James Rodriguez was targeted by Brazil, while Colombia set their sights on Neymar, who fractured a vertebrae in his back after a challenge from Juan Zuniga.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia protests to referee Carlos Velasco Carballo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Jami
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Most lay the blame at the feet of match referee Carlos Velasco Carballo for not taking control early and handing out enough yellow cards. Former World Cup referee Graham Poll wrote a withering criticism of the Spaniard in the Daily Mail:

Spaniard Carlos Velasco Carballo wore the referee's kit, but he wasn't in charge for this quarter final in Fortaleza.

Time and time again the dangerous Rodriguez was blocked, tripped and body checked. Yet, Paulinho and his Brazil team-mates escaped sanction. What the Tottenham man has to do to get a yellow card at this tournament I do not know.

Rather than focus on Carballo, Jimenez is going right to the top. Any lawyer will tell you that you sue the person/group with the most money, and that's exactly what the Colombian attorney is doing here.

Jimenez's legal action is unlikely to go anywhere in the event it reaches the courts. However, the fact that people are talking about him now arguably makes all of this posturing more than worth the effort.

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