FIFA suspends Brazil spokesman following confrontation with Pinilla
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) FIFA has suspended the spokesman of the Brazilian football confederation for one game over a confrontation with Chilean player Mauricio Pinilla on the sidelines during their World Cup match Saturday.
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fisher said Rodrigo Paiva would be suspended for the quarterfinal match Friday in Fortaleza between Brazil and Colombia. He will be allowed to work for the team in the media briefing the day before.
Fischer says "he had received a kind of red-card suspension during the game." She gave no details of other possible punishment and said the investigation was "on-going."
Paiva and Pinilla got into a shoving match as the teams headed to the dressing room at halftime of the second-round match in Belo Horizonte. Pavia denied throwing any punches. Brazil advanced after a penalty shootout.