The Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr was ruled out of the 2014 World Cup after suffering fractures to his vertebra in the final minutes of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia. The young player received a knee in the lower back from Juan Zuniga in a challenge that went unpunished, that is, the Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo took no action. He had to leave the pitch on a stretcher.
"The exam showed he suffered a fracture of the third vertebra" in his back, said team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. "It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover," added the doctor after the player had been taken to hospital.
Many Brazilian fans had gathered outside the hospital in Fortaleza, shouting "Força, Neymar" (be strong, Neymar) when the player was being wheeled into the building. Even the country's president, Dilma Rousseff tweeted: "Like all Brazil I am one of those cheering from the sidelines for our star Neymar to get better."
On the other hand, the Colombian player Zuniga said: "I never meant to hurt a player. It was a normal move. I was playing for the shirt from my country, not with the intent to injure. I was just defending my shirt."
Take a look at this report from the BBC:
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